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Thai premier’s political strategy will be flexible

Monday, June 21, 2021

Significance

The government parliamentary bloc is led by the Phalang Pracharat Party, formed to support Prayut’s transition from junta leader to civilian premier. While dampening speculation about an early general election, Prayut apologised for the brief suspension of the country’s recently commenced COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, which was due mainly to slow local production of jabs.

Impacts

  • Factionalism within Phalang Pracharat will intensify, exacerbating government instability.
  • Prayut will say little about the crisis in Myanmar, to avoid comparisons between the recent coup there and his own seizure of power in 2014.
  • Controversy over the local company making AstraZeneca shots could complicate Thai-UK relations.

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