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Thai election faces new delay as scandal scrambles junta

Military-appointed legislature moves to postpone enforcement of election law

Prem Tinsulanonda, left, a former prime minister and still a political heavyweight in Thailand, meets junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha in Bangkok on Dec. 28, 2017. Prem warned Prayuth that the junta is losing the support of the people. (Photo by Hiroshi Kotani)

BANGKOK -- Elections paving the way for Thailand's return to civilian rule could face additional delays that give the military junta time to recover from a high-profile alleged corruption.

A panel of lawmakers vetting a bill on lower-house parliamentary elections voted for changes that would postpone its enforcement, Thai media report. The bill would take effect 90 days after being published in the country's official Royal Gazette, instead of immediately after publication as is typical.

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