Voting is underway in Thailand’s general election

The general election is being held in Thailand today. It started at 8 am local time Voting.

In the election Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a military coup, is a strong contender The daughter of the country’s ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a military coup in 2006. His younger daughter, 36-year-old Paytongtern Shinawatra, is contesting the election for prime minister. For the past few months, he has been ahead of Ocha in public opinion polls. BBC and AFP news.

The election is the country’s first since massive youth-led pro-democracy protests in the capital Bangkok in 2020 over King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s unprecedented call for power reform.

Analysts say Thai citizens will vote against a military-backed regime to break out of economic stagnation and secure basic freedoms.

Former army chief Ocha seized power in a coup in 2014, ousting his brother-in-law Yingluck Shinawatra of Pyongyang. He then became the Prime Minister in 2019 after a controversial election as the head of a multi-party coalition.

69-year-old Ocha has been nominated by the party to contest this election, but is trailing widely in public opinion polls. The loss of popularity is being blamed on the rising cost of living and the slow economic recovery post-pandemic.

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