By Mike Ives and Muktita Suhartono | The New York Times
In May, Thai voters dealt a crushing blow to the ruling military junta by supporting a progressive party that challenged not only the generals but also the nation’s powerful monarchy. The generals and their allies responded on Thursday by rejecting the party’s leading candidate for prime minister, tipping the country into a political void and potentially thrusting it further toward autocracy.
By Jody García, Emiliano Rodríguez Mega and Simon Romero | The New York Times
Guatemala’s electoral authority on Thursday rejected efforts by a top prosecutor to suspend the party of a surging anticorruption candidate, which would have upended the presidential election and dealt a severe blow to the country’s already fraying democracy.
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