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Senate election

March 30, 2014 - THAILAND

The election for Thailand's 150-seat Senate in Mar 2014, if it happens, will brings only 77 senators to the upper house through popular election. The other 73 are appointed by judges and independent government bodies.

The ruling Pheu Thai party wants a fully-elected senate, a bid the Thai court rejected in Nov 2013. The bid is seen as a way of boosting the party's dominance and is another of the grievances fuelling the anti-government protesters in Bangkok. Thailand remains politically divided following a 2006 coup that ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and the political turmoil courts another military takeover in the coup-prone country.

Over 100,000 participate in anti-govt rally, Thai election on Feb 2 (New Straits Times 10 Dec 2014)

Thai Senate rejects amnesty bill as opposition mounts (Reuters 11 Nov 2013)

Thai Court Rejects Bid for Direct Elections of All Senators (New York Times 21 Nov 2013)

Date written/update: 2014-03-10