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Bangkok governor election gives Prayuth headache

PM yet to find a candidate for poll seen as voter gauge ahead of key 2022 vote

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is reluctant to hold the bellwether election for governor of Bangkok, analysts say. (Photo by Vachira Vachira/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is ushering in another new year by keeping Bangkok's voters in the dark over a date for the long-delayed governor's election. He is also keeping the city guessing over another question: Will his pro-military party field a candidate for the poll?

These uncertainties have laid bare anxieties within Prayuth's Palang Pracharath Party, which heads the coalition government, according to political insiders. The Bangkok election is poised to become a barometer of the political mood ahead of general elections that may be held in late 2022, earlier than its scheduled date in 2023, they said.

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