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Thailand’s Prayut will push through obstacles

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Significance

Prayut had the second-fewest votes cast for him and the most against him. The opposition probably did not expect to succeed with its censure motion, given the government’s comfortable house majority, but used the related debate to air discontent over matters such as the administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Impacts

  • Next month’s reopening of certain parts of the country to international tourism should help support economic recovery.
  • The upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election will provide a fresh opportunity for the opposition to mobilise.
  • Prayut will allow parliament to press on with plans to amend the constitution but frustrate attempts at substantive change.
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