Thailand dissolves House of Representatives, clearing path for general election

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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn

20th March 2023 – (Bangkok) Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has approved the dissolution of the House of Representatives, as announced by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday. The move paves the way for a new general election, which will take place within the next two months, according to a royal decree.

The decision to dissolve the House of Representatives was made after the prime minister informed the King that the House has been performing its duties since 2019 and that it is expedient to hold a new general election of members of the House of Representatives. The royal decree has been royally endorsed.

According to an announcement released on the royal Thai government gazette website, the general election of the 500-member House of Representatives will be held earliest in 45 days or latest in 60 days from Monday. The dissolution of the House of Representatives comes as its four-year term, scheduled to end on 23rd March, draws to a close.

The dissolution of the House of Representatives has been met with mixed reactions from various political parties in the country. The ruling Palang Pracharath Party has welcomed the move, saying that it will give the people of Thailand the opportunity to elect new representatives who will work towards the country’s progress and development.