On Tuesday, December 11, Thailand's electoral commission announced plans for general elections to be held on February 24, 2019. The announcement came as the Thai military government announced it was lifting a ban on political activity that has been in place since a coup in 2014. Political rallies and campaign activity are possible in Bangkok and around the country, along with a heightened security presence during any events, in the coming months.
Thailand imposed a ban on political activity following a 2014 coup when the military overthrew the civilian government. A ban on organizing political parties was lifted in September 2018.
Individuals in Thailand are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any public demonstrations as a precaution, refrain from discussing political topics in public, and anticipate a heightened security presence around any campaign activities.
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