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Thailand to hold first general election since coup on March 24

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Thailand to hold first general election since coup on March 24
A graffiti of Thai artist Headache Stencil which makes a reference to elections reads: "My Future" in Bangkok, Thailand, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva   -   Copyright  JORGE SILVA(Reuters)
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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand will hold a general election to restore civilian rule on March 24, the election commission said on Wednesday, announcing a new date for the often postponed vote, which will be the first since a 2014 military coup.

The commission said in December the elections would be held on Feb. 24, but the military government had expressed concern that election-related events would clash with early preparations for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, scheduled for May 4-6.

Last month, the military government lifted a ban on political activities to allow parties to campaign.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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