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Watershed Thai election is unlikely

Friday, July 7, 2017

Significance

The next election will be the first since the military, led by then general, now Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, deposed Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration in May 2014.

Impacts

  • The prime minister’s Washington visit later this month will be portrayed as a pre-election display of foreign policy strength.
  • The government will increase public investment for the remainder of this year, at least.
  • This, it hopes, will maintain economic momentum, and strengthen the junta’s popular appeal.
  • The post-election possibility of fresh political interventions by the military will concern investors.
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