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(February 8, 2019) Gen Prayut's uncommon dictatorship - Thitinan Pongsudhirak

 When confronted with the contention that Thailand's upcoming election is rigged and manipulated, the insiders and advisers of the Thai government will say otherwise. They argue that this poll is no more rigged than its predecessors and the incumbents and power holders of the day will naturally and understandably arrange for constitutional laws and election rules to be written to suit their interests and boost their poll chances. Some of this rationalisation is true, but most of it is self-interested hogwash.

As Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted, it is true that incumbent governments in the past did not resign while contesting elections. This happened with the governments of Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra in 2011 and 2014 -- the latter later invalidated. It is also true of earlier governments harking back to 1980s and 90s all the way to the Thaksin Shinawatra period in the early 2000s.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1625338/gen-prayuts-uncommon-dictatorship


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