BANGKOK — Thailand’s Election Commission recommended Thursday that the leader of major political party opposed to military rule be barred from taking his seat in the soon-to-be-convened parliament because he is accused of violating electoral rules. Thanathorn already faces several criminal complaints and other protests to election authorities that could lead to his or his party’s disqualification. The Election Commission was appointed by the ruling junta’s allies, while the Constitutional Court has a long history of ruling in favor of the country’s conservative establishment. “Even the Election Commission is too afraid to make the ruling themselves. On Thursday, however, Thanathorn said that Future Forward might try to lead a majority coalition.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer May 16, 2019 12:00 UTC