Without explanation, the government of Thailand has postponed the announcement of initial results from the country's general election until Friday. The poll is being seen as a referendum on the country's military junta.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Bangkok to protest against the banning of a prominent opposition party that has challenged the government of former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha.
The political activist posted an image of his Paris-Bangkok flight ticket on Twitter. However, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reacted by saying he would not be allowed entry en route to Cambodia.
The vote keeps Prayuth Chan-ocha in power, five years after he ousted an elected government in a military coup. The opposition complained of voting irregularities in the March 24 elections.
During his trip to Thailand, Pope Francis has called for the protection of women and children from exploitation, abuse and enslavement. He praised the Thai government's efforts to fight human trafficking.
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