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Why Suthep, Prayut slowly drifted apart
Once a staunch supporter of junta chief, ex-democrat now cooling off on backing prime minister’s return at govt helm.

Poll shows people worried elections may not even be held
Since relevant agencies have failed to publish the electoral Royal Decree to announce a date for the national elections, uncertainty over whether the vote will even be held has become a top concern, a Suan Dusit poll learned recently. 

GOING TO THE POLLS
Since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932, Thailand has seen 27 general elections. The first one took place in November 1933. The latest was held in February 2014, although it was later declared unconstitutional by the court.

Junta digs in its heels over March 24 as election date
GROUP THREATENS TO TAKE TO STREETS IF ROYAL DECREE NOT PUBLISHED BY TODAY

PM finally says it: election date will be changed
PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha appeared to admit for the first time yesterday that the expected election date would be altered after weeks of uncertainty.

 PM publicly admits election might be postponed
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted on Wednesday that the election might be postponed but gave assurances it would be within the timeframe of May 9.

Group sets Friday deadline to govt for election date, vows to up the ante with rallies
WITH THE government failing to fix the date for the election and pushing for it to be delayed by a month, pro-election groups are rallying for a show of strength both in and out of Bangkok to put pressure on the ruling junta.

Pheu Thai calls for clarity over election timing, and fairness and justice in run-up to poll 
The Pheu Thai Party on Tuesday called for the junta and the government to come out and make it clearer when the general election will be held, and to ensure that the national poll will be organised with fairness and justice.

Thaksin returns to limelight with launch weekly podcast
POLITICAL SCIENTISTS yesterday said the latest move by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to show his vision through a weekly podcast “Good Monday”, could invite comparisons between the Shinawatra and the pro-junta camps ahead of the upcoming election.

ANALYSIS: Junta keeps the country guessing about next election
AFTER SEIZING power from an elected government in May 2014, the ruling junta led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha came up with a political “road map” promising a general election in February 2016.

Palang Pracharath to review land policy
THE PALANG Pracharath Party would review its policy on agricultural reform land due to reservations expressed by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Panel on peace in South open to idea of special status
General Udomchai Thammasaroraj said on Friday the committee he chairs on the peace dialogue in the southern border provinces would take into consideration the Malaysian prime minister’s suggestion that the area be designated a “special administrative region”.

Social media to play major role in vote
For the first time since the last general election five years ago, Thailand is witnessing the fast-growing power of social media platforms, especially among young voters, indicating the polls expected in March this year will be significantly influenced by Line, Facebook, Twitter and other non-traditional media.

Graffiti protests against the possibility of a delayed general election in Bangkok
Graffiti on a wall depicting a heart with a word 'Vote' fasten with barbwire and guarded by armed bird characters, created a by Thai street artist to protest the possible delay of the nation's general election in Bangkok on Friday.

Four former and current Cabinet ministers may have violated Constitution: EC
Four former and current Cabinet members, including Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee, may have violated the Constitution for holding shares in concessions, the Election Commission (EC) decided on Tuesday.

Cambodia denies having issued passport to ex-PM Yingluck
CAMBODIA DENIES claims that it issued a passport to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong, according to the Phnom Penh Post yesterday.

Election no later than March, Wissanu assures
DEPUTY Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam yesterday said the election will take place no later than March and the Royal Decree will be issued within this month.

Yingluck holds Cambodian passport: HK media
Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra may have used a Cambodian passport when fleeing Thailand in August 2017, the Hong Kong media reported on Wednesday.

Pro-election rallies to intensify against proposed delay to election
PRESSURE is mounting on the government to clarify the timing of the general election, as protests spread yesterday beyond Bangkok, in the North and Northeast.

PM mum on poll delay
EC chief says election date cannot be fixed before publication of decree, denies choice of march 10.



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