Category: Thailand

THAILAND: Headed for escalation

  • Parliament is moving forward with constitutional reform, but without changes to the monarchy.
  • The political avenue for compromise has narrowed.
  • Frustrations on both sides increase the risk of conflict in the streets.
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THAILAND: Finance Minister’s resignation is another blow for Prayuth

Finance Minister Predee Daochai resigned after 26 days in office. He cited health reasons, but the dominant speculation in Bangkok is that he found the ministry’s politics to be unmanageable. As reported by the Bangkok Post, Predee had earlier disagreed with his deputy, Santi Prompat, a politician from the leading People’s State Power Party (PPRP), over a ministerial reshuffle, and this was likely one of his many internal battles.… Read the rest

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THAILAND: Expect more protests, and maybe politics entering uncharted territory

Protesters on Sunday held the largest anti-government gathering since the 2014 coup, with crowd estimates ranging from 10,000 – 15,000. The high turnout will likely encourage the movement, which now calls itself the Free People, to hold more demonstrations over the next few weeks to see how much momentum they can build, especially in terms of growing their numbers to a broader cross-section of Thai society.… Read the rest

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THAILAND: Expect more protests, and maybe politics entering uncharted territory

Protesters on Sunday held the largest anti-government gathering since the 2014 coup, with crowd estimates ranging from 10,000 – 15,000. The high turnout will likely encourage the movement, which now calls itself the Free People, to hold more demonstrations over the next few weeks to see how much momentum they can build, especially in terms of growing their numbers to a broader cross-section of Thai society.… Read the rest