Mil­i­tary en­trenches rule

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BANGKOK: Thai­land’s par­lia­ment yes­ter­day ap­proved na­tional strat­egy leg­is­la­tion which crit­ics say will en­sure the mil­i­tary has a say in the coun­try’s pol­i­tics for at least 20 years, long af­ter a gen­eral elec­tion ten­ta­tively set for next year.

The mil­i­tary seized power in a May 2014 coup it said was nec­es­sary to end months of wide­spread un­rest, in­clud­ing street protests, aimed at oust­ing a pop­ulist, civil­ian gov­ern­ment.

Since then, the junta has sought to put in place mea­sures, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal re­forms, which it says are nec­es­sary to bring or­der to the coun­try be­fore an elec­tion can be held in 2018. Reuters

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