Thailand to lift overseas travel ban for politicians

Following the Ministry of Defense statement, Thailand will lift the travel ban it had imposed two years ago

While Thailand’s military government has recently begun to ease the political activity restrictions, the lifting of the overseas ban for some of the country’s politicians will take effect since Wednesday.

“Politicians who have no legal cases are able to travel. Whether they go abroad and then take part in political activities is up to them,” Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan declared for the media.

On the other hand, the measure excludes corrupted politicians or politicians who are charged with criminal offenses, such as former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

By lifting the travel ban, Thailand’s junta, also known as the National Council for Peace and Order, is displaying its increased confidence in some of the today’s politicians.

As the country is currently preparing for elections in August 2017, some political voices comment that this kind of ban should never have been introduced.

“The junta should not have imposed restrictions from the start,” Samart Kaewmeechai, member of the Puea Thai Party stated for Reuters.