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Thai junta deepens repression amid king's challenge

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Significance

Interim Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha's government has already retained power for twice the length of the usual time between a coup and return to elected government, compared to recent military regimes (1991-92 and 2006-07). If elections are held in late 2018 as currently planned, it will be three times that length.

Impacts

  • Foreign social media firms such as Facebook will likely slow plans to expand their Thai operations.
  • Bangkok will do what it can to keep both Washington and Beijing on side.
  • Restrictions on the activities of journalists and rights activists are tightening.
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