The Thai government under Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has been promising elections since it took power in 2014, but this is the first time it has announced an official date. Photo: EPA

Thailand election: political restrictions signal bumpy road for return to democracy

  • The military junta has announced that the long-delayed elections will be held on February 24
  • But analysts and opposition politicians question if the polls will really be free, or fair
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The Thai government under Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has been promising elections since it took power in 2014, but this is the first time it has announced an official date. Photo: EPA
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Laura Villadiego

Laura Villadiego

Born and raised in Spain, Laura Villadiego is a freelance journalist specialized in human rights, labour issues and the environment. Based in Thailand, she has been covering Southeast Asia since 2009. Her work has been published in international media outlets, such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian or the Spanish News Agency EFE. She has also co-authored two books focused on supply chains.