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Countdown to Thai election starts as voting law takes effect

Focus turns to whether Prayuth will make run for prime minister's office

Thailand's long-awaited election will move forward this week as the new election laws take effect.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's election law governing its lower house of parliament is set to take effect on Tuesday, paving the way for a long-awaited election to be held, likely next February.

In what is expected to be a heated campaign, much attention will focus on the extent of power the military will hold following the vote.

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