Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on 30 July submitted for royal approval the names of new cabinet members who would replace those that resigned two weeks ago. There has been no announcement yet and the list below is unofficial.… Read the rest
Student protesters have returned to Thailand’s streets in substantial numbers, and they are likely to continue with their demonstrations through the next few weeks. The students are demanding several political changes, with the most significant ones being the dissolution of parliament and the drafting of a new constitution.… Read the rest
- With the recent political changes, Thailand continues its move back to the fragmented party politics of the 1990s.
- As economic czar Somkid Jatusripitak’s frustrations have revealed, coordination difficulties abound in the current government, which could reduce its ability to respond to an urgent economic crisis or implement difficult reforms.
- The country could suffer the deepest recession in Southeast Asia.
- A reshuffle of key economic positions in the third quarter is more about political consolidation than in formulating new ways of thinking about economic policy.
Over the weekend, the People’s State Power Party (Palang Pracharath, PPRP), which leads the government coalition, selected General (ret.) Prawit Wongsuwan as party leader and Anucha Nakasai as secretary general. Prawit was the number two in the junta that ran Thailand from 2014 to 2019, and was widely believed to have been the real power behind Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.… Read the rest
- Fears of international transmission are likely to cause both countries to tighten rules on foreign worker flows and working conditions.
- Short-term effects could include production disruptions that become more pronounced as economic activities pick up, as well as reputational risks for firms if the new rules are implemented unevenly.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to renew the state of emergency that lapses on 30 April. However, encouraged by the overall decline in new cases and fatalities, the government is planning to ease movement and business restrictions in stages across provinces.… Read the rest
Today, 21 February, the Constitutional Court dissolved the opposition Future Forward Party (FFP), and banned fifteen of its executives, including its founder, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, from politics for the next ten years.… Read the rest