Thai lawmakers quit assembly to prepare to run in election next year

More than a dozen members of an assembly appointed by Thailand’s junta have resigned to be able to contest elections, one of the first signs of political activity ahead of a poll set tentatively for next year.
The military government had initially promised a vote within 18 months of a May 2014 coup, but the timetable has slipped – intensifying suspicion among government critics about the army’s real willingness to relinquish power.
The vice-chairman of the National Reform…