Gatherings at two Thai parties, with ban relaxed

Puea Thai, Democrats assemble members for first time in four years in election run-up

Thai pro-democracy protesters at a rally in Bangkok, on May 22, 2018.
Thai pro-democracy protesters at a rally in Bangkok, on May 22, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Thailand's two largest parties gathered their members for the first time in four years yesterday as the ruling junta gradually relaxed its politics ban in the run-up to elections expected next year.

The Puea Thai Party - which was ousted from government by a military coup in 2014 - called on politicians to reach out to their constituents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline 'Gatherings at two Thai parties, with ban relaxed'. Subscribe