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The Quick Read on Thailand’s First Election in 8 Years

  • What Happened This Week:

The Thai people head to the polls this Sunday for the first time since the country’s military seized power in a 2014 coup.

  • Ian Bremmer
  • Time

It’s the first general election since 2011.

  • Why It Matters:

For years now, the country’s real political power has lain in the hands of the military, backed by the country’s monarchy.

The country maintained a democratic façade over the years by holding elections from time to time leading to the election of political leaders with varying degrees of actual power, often heading…

However, whenever the military deemed a

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