Next Thai general election

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General elections will be held in Thailand in 2016, following a military coup in May 2014.[1]


Early general elections were held on 2 February 2014 after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra asked King Bhumibol Adulyadej to dissolve parliament more than a year early due to a political crisis. The elections were boycotted by the main opposition Democrat Party, and disruption by protestors meant that voting in some constituencies had to be delayed until a later date.

In April 2014 the Constitutional Court ruled that the election was unconstitutional because the voting had not taken place on the same day across the country.[2] Following an agreement between the Election Commission and Shinawatra, the fresh elections were set for 20 July.[2] However, the elections were cancelled after the coup.

The current government, led by Retired General Prayut Chan-o-cha announced the election date in 2016 (delayed a year from the previously scheduled in 2015) due to erradicate Thaksin Shinawatra's influence in Thailand. [3]