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Thai election remains elusive

It was one of the smallest public gatherings, but the police blockade around the Thai Government House this week was at its heaviest in years in a bid to block the group, whose members call themselves "People who want an election".

Around 400 protesters were stuck in front of Thammasat University in Bangkok, where they began their planned march on Tuesday, the fourth anniversary of Thailand's most recent coup that toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The activists were calling for an election to be held within this year, as earlier promised by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. But he said on Tuesday that no election will be held before next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Thai election remains elusive'. Print Edition | Subscribe