Politicians register for Thailand’s 1st polls since 2014 coup | 2019-02-05

Politicians register for Thailand’s 1st polls since 2014 coup

5 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BANGKOK: Hundreds of aspiring politicians, including a masked costumed hero, registered on Monday for Thailand’s first election since the 2014 coup, promising a colourful cast of candidates stumping for political parties both old and new, reports AFP.

Since the coup, the military has rewritten the constitution, clamped down on dissent and appointed allies across the bureaucracy.

But recent days have seen echoes of Thailand’s formerly rambunctious politics, with outdoor political announcements, campaign posters and loudspeakers on vans touting political slogans as the country gears up for the much-anticipated election after more than four years of junta rule.

Monday’s registration was marked by a festive atmosphere, with supporters of dozens of groups waving neon banners and party flags as they entered a stadium in central Bangkok.


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