Thailand Election Drama Unfolds – Southeast Asia Dispatches

BANGKOK – Almost five years since the military seized power in a coup, Thailand is finally gearing up for its general election March 24 – the first in eight years.

Many Thais fear the election will not be free and fair as the military junta has founded its own political party to keep former General Prayut Chan-ocha on as prime minister of Thailand.

This has pitted pro-democracy parties against pro-military candidates in an election seen as a foregone conclusion to many observers. This story aired on Southeast Asia Dispatches Monday, March 11, 2019.

Adam Bemma is a journalist, humanitarian, and media consultant based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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