Thailand has a problem: An election previously scheduled for 2016 has still not been held. After meeting U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in October, Premier Prayuth Chan-ocha signed up to a joint communique promising polls in late 2018 -- but promptly tried to deny that he had agreed to any such thing. Since then, he has publicly committed to holding the election -- a pledge on the basis of which the European Union recently normalized relations with Thailand -- but always seems to be trying to wriggle out of it.
Looking ahead 2018
Will Thailand return to electoral democracy in 2018?
Five key scenarios loom as possible outcomes in the country's uneven transition from military rule