Thailand’s new charter – A rock, a hard place and a third way

Thai baht banknotes and coins are pictured in Bangkok. Thailand’s economy is teetering.

Thailand’s new charter – A rock, a hard place and a third way


These are nation-defining days for Thailand. Since seizing power in a May 2014 coup, the military junta headed by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has steadily stamped out freedoms and strangled democracy.
Such repression has invariably been enforced in the name of short-term “stability.” However, after many months of deliberation, the regime has published its draft charter, the country’s new constitution.
It gives Thai citizens a glimpse of what the long-term future holds if Prayuth has his way. An...


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