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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand faces bigger protests against election delay

Pro-democracy rallies planned in the capital despite army warnings

An activist takes part in a Jan. 8 demonstration in Bangkok demanding elections be held on Feb. 24.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- A backlash is growing in Thailand against the military junta's apparent move to further delay elections that are supposed to restore civilian rule, with pro-democracy demonstrators planning to step up their protests in the capital this weekend.

The government had given assurances that voting would take place on Feb. 24. But in the latest suggestion that the polls could be pushed back yet again, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on Thursday said March 24 was the "most suitable date" because it would not overlap with events related to King Vajiralongkorn's coronation in early May.

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