10 must-reads for today

Supporters of Palang Pracharath Party attending a campaign rally in Thailand's Chonburi province yesterday.
Supporters of Palang Pracharath Party attending a campaign rally in Thailand's Chonburi province yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Thailand holds its first election in eight years on Sunday under rules concocted by a junta to keep it in power, but with the appeal of both old foes and the new millennial vote posing an unpredictable challenge.

The junta seized power in 2014, vowing to rescue the country from a treadmill of coups, short-lived civilian governments, and protests. But the kingdom goes to the polls as divided as ever. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe