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'Referendum on democracy' - Thailand's first elections in years

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15:40 17-03-2019
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Thailand is preparing for its first election since 2014's military coup, but with a system designed to weaken political parties and ensure the military's continuing role, few expect the vote to resolve divisions that have plagued the country for two decades, AL Jazeera reports.

Nearly 52 million Thais are eligible to vote in the March 24 polls, which will be the first under the new constitution that was drawn up by the military.

Early voting began throughout the country on Sunday.

"I don't think this election will take Thailand back to a liberal democracy because the constitution allows the military to continue to hold power," said Titipol Phakdeewanich, a political scientist at the University of Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand's east.

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