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New Elections won’t solve Thailand’s coup addiction

In Thailand, where protesters in the capital are demanding the ouster of the kingdom’s elected leaders, people today took the day off to celebrate, of all things, Constitution Day

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In Thailand, where protesters in the capital are demanding the ouster of the kingdom’s elected leaders, people today took the day off to celebrate, of all things, Constitution Day. How much longer Thailand’s constitution lasts is anyone’s guess.

On Monday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the parliament and called new elections. Since the opposition hasn’t won an election in decades, the latest move isn’t likely to satisfy Yingluck’s critics, who see her as a proxy for her exiled brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

“They no longer have any hope or faith in the electoral system,” Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University director, told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday. “They keep losing and they think the electoral system only produces corrupt politicians based on money politics under Thaksin’s influence, led by Yingluck, so they are rejecting that system.”

For now, Yingluck’s move is likely to embolden the opposition Democrat Party and its supporters, who think Thai democracy is rigged in favor of her populist brother and the poor rural voters who support him.

“The Democrats clearly smell blood,” Michael Montesano, visiting research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, told Bloomberg News. “Without some sort of outside pressure on them to calm down, there is every reason to expect them to continue to agitate for a very different political system.”

via Why Thailand’s New Elections Will Make a Coup More Likely – Businessweek.

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State of emergency to be extended for another month

General Natapol Nakpanich of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has proposed the state of emergency be extended until the end of September to allow continued compulsory quarantining of people arriving from abroad.

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PM wants armed forces support for government

General Natapol Nakpanich, the deputy army chief and deputy head of an ad hoc committee on the relaxation of COVID-19 control measures, said the extension of the state of emergency would rarely impact society because people could continue with their normal life and rallies or anti-government protests could be organized.

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Thailand to extend Emergency Decree for one more month

Government officials insist the emergency measures are for guarding against the resurgence of the coronavirus and unrelated to the ongoing protests.

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved an extension of the state of emergency for another month

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved an extension of the state of emergency for another month, maintaining that such an extension has nothing to do with anti-government protests.

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Thai Chamber of Commerce warns of economic threats from protests

The UTCC expects the Thai economy to contract more than the initially projected 8-10 percent figure, should the protests be prolonged or become violent.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – With the COVID-19 pandemic having devastating effects on the economy, the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has warned that recent protests by youth movements could increase the risks to the economy, with the annual economic performance this year now expected to shrink by 8-10 percent.

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