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Thailand's twin tests in the new yaer - Thitinan Pongsudhirak

 

It is a year of transitions - the Thais have a new king and pressure is growing for the military government to hold elections. But more than just polls are needed for Thai democracy to work well.

Thailand enters uncharted waters this year.

Come May, it will complete a four-year interregnum following its most recent military coup, on May 22, 2014, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his junta known as the National Council for Peace and Order. That putsch ousted an elected government, headed by former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and under the control of her elder brother Thaksin Shinawatra, who was similarly overthrown in the coup of September 2006.

These twin coups bookended the twilight of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's glorious 70-year reign which ended on Oct 13, 2016.

 

www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-twin-tests-in-the-new-year


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