The presidential election in Thailand will take place on 14 May. On the same day as Türkiye, another country decided to hold elections. Elections were scheduled for May 7, when Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn dissolved parliament yesterday. However, this date has been updated to May 14. In Thailand, where voting is compulsory, more than 52 million voters are expected to go to the polls.
General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the 68-year-old junta leader who first came to power in a military coup in 2014 and has been the prime minister ever since, is preparing to participate in the elections with his new member, the United Thai People's Party.
Prime Minister Prayut's biggest rival in the elections is 36-year-old Paetongtarn Shinawatr. The young leader is the daughter of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Shinawatr, the leader of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, ranks first in the survey research.
In addition, Prayut's colleague from the current government cabinet, Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, also decided to participate in the elections with another party.
It is estimated that the general elections, which will be held for the second time after the coup in Thailand, will be tense due to the economic and political instability experienced in the country in recent years.