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Thai junta chief vows elections in November 2018

BANGKOK: Thailand's junta chief said Tuesday the country would hold elections in November 2018, more than four years after the military seized power and imposed a blanket ban on politics. Prayut Chan-O-Cha had promised immediately after his May 2014 coup to return power to civilians within 18 months. That date has repeatedly slipped, and even after the vote analysts say there will be limits on democracy under the junta's new charter. "In November 2018 there will be an election. Is it clear?" the often gruff Prayut…

Fugitive Thai ex-PM Yingluck in Dubai, aiming for UK: junta source

BANGKOK: Fugitive former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra fled to Dubai and may try to seek asylum in the UK, a junta source told AFP Saturday, after she ducked a legal ruling, wrong-footing the court and her supporters alike. Yingluck, 50, was due on Friday morning to arrive at the Supreme Court for the ruling in her trial for criminal negligence that could have seen her jailed for 10 years. But she did not show up, staging a vanishing act that wrote a dramatic closing chapter to the 16-year political saga of her…