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Myanmar has no easy way back to elections

People are seen during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Feb 16, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Police officers are seen behind barricades in Yangon on Feb 16, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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BANGKOK - The political journey of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha offers a playbook of sorts for Myanmar's coup-maker Min Aung Hlaing.

In 2014, then army chief Prayut staged a coup and suppressed pro-democracy activists and politicians from the ousted Pheu Thai Party. He oversaw the drafting of a new Constitution that made it harder for Pheu Thai to return, and then held an election in 2019 which rebranded him as a civilian politician.

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