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Thai Ruling Party Reverses Election Rule Change Ahead of Polls

Prayuth Chan-Ocha

Prayuth Chan-Ocha

Photographer: Jes Aznar/Getty Images

Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party joined the main opposition party to reverse an earlier parliament decision on electoral rules in a rare move, effectively undermining the ability for smaller parties to win seats in the next elections. 

On Wednesday, a joint session of parliament failed to meet a quorum to consider a bill that would set key rules for the election that must be called by late March next year. This effectively reverses the change lawmakers agreed on last month that would have helped Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha and smaller parties in his coalition.