A supporter of Pheu Thai Party wearing a T-shirt of former prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo: AP

Thailand delays rice bill due to farmers’ objections. Will it open the door for the Shinawatras?

  • March 24 elections will be the first since 2011, heralding a return to democracy after a military junta took power in 2014
  • Support in Thailand’s rural northeast was central to Shinawatras’ electoral success, relying heavily on subsidies to rice farmers
Topic |   Thai elections

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A supporter of Pheu Thai Party wearing a T-shirt of former prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo: AP
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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.