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(May 24, 2019) 5 years backwards under military rule - Thitinan Pongsudhirak

 Now that five years have elapsed since Thailand's last military coup, it is an opportune juncture to take stock of where the country is heading. When it seized power in May 2014, the military junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order, initially had legitimacy from royal ascent and broad approval from its restoration of stability and order after more than half a year of street protests in Bangkok by the People's Democratic Reform Committee that was intent on overthrowing the Pheu Thai government.

In the wake of their putsch, NCPO leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, who became prime minister up to this day, made three primary pledges to eradicate corruption, usher in political reform, and promote national reconciliation. Not only has the NCPO-backed and Prayut-led government failed in all three categories, but its dismal performance and warped intentions have taken Thailand's political system back into a problematic past, where the junta intends to stay for the long haul in the 21st century against the collective preference of the Thai people for a more open political space and civilian-led representative leadership.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1682868/5-years-backwards-under-military-rule


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