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Turbulent Thailand

Thai ruling party irks progressives with electoral tweaks

Constitutional changes seen giving major parties a big push

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha: The first general election under Thailand's new electoral system must be held by March 2023 at the latest.   © AP

BANGKOK -- Voters in Thailand's next general election will cast two ballots, one for a lower house candidate and another for their preferred political party, in the wake of constitutional amendments that alter the electoral system. The changes are likely to favor large political parties while working against smaller parties, including a progressive party that emerged in the 2019 general elections.

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