The authorities of thailand dissolved Parliament on Monday with the aim of calling general elections next May, which will be the first vote since the 2019 elections held under the military meeting.
Following the dissolution announced in a decree published in the Royal Gazette, the Electoral Commission will meet to decide in the next few days the date of the elections, which must take place between May 4 and 19.
According to a poll published on Sunday by the public consultancy NIDA, the two main opposition parties lead the intention to vote, with 49.75% for the puea thai and 17.40% percent for the reformer Move forward.
In third place is the new conservative formation United Thai Nationwith 11.75% of support, headed by the current prime minister, Prayut Chaochaahead of Democratic Partywith 5.40% of voting intention.
According to NIDA, 38.20% of those consulted show their support as future prime minister for Paetongtarn Shinawatra, a 36-year-old neophyte in politics, at the head of Puea Thai; followed by Pita Limjaroenrat (15.75%) -of the progressive Move Forward- and Prayut (15.65%).
Paetongtarn belongs to the popular clan of the Shinawatrawho have won by number of seats in every election since 2001, and is the daughter of Thaksin ShinawatraPrime Minister between 2001 and 2006, and niece of yingluckhead of the Government between 2011 and 2014.
Thaksin and yingluck were deposed in separate military coupss before being able to finish their terms and both are currently in exile.
The last military uprising was led by himself prayutwho made the leap into politics in the 2019 elections and obtained sufficient support to form a government, although the elections were branded as “little transparent” by international observers.
The vote in May will elect some 500 members of Parliament, although 250 members of the Senate will also participate in the Executive election, handpicked by the former military junta and have a mandate until 2024.
(With information from EFE)
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