As the Thai nation remains on edge, Damrong Kraikruan shares insights as to how best to understand what is unfolding politically in post-election Thailand and what likely scenarios there are in terms of the establishment of the next government.
It's eighty eight years since the revolution in Thailand which was the end of the absolute monarchy and the start of democracy. But it's the army and the Royal palace which today define much of Thai politics.
FORSEA absolutely condemns the political manipulation on the part of the junta, General Prayuth, the Thai Senate and the parties that lent their support for General Prayuth that led him to parliamentary victory.
In Berlin, Los Angeles, Sydney and London, pro-democracy individuals gathered to condemn the coup that took place five years ago, May 22, 2014.
The main findings of the FORSEA report give further credence to already widespread concerns among many in Thailand and in the international community regarding the fairness and transparency of the 2019 elections.
FORSEA special Report on Thailand's elections, held March 24, 2019, detailing cases of fraud and irregularities in the polls.
Writing in the The Washington Post, FORSEA's Pavin Chachavalpongpun explains how Thailand's junta has intentionally created the parliamentary interregnum as a delaying tactic to undermine democracy.
One hopes that elections will actually be held this time around. Failure by the government to keep to the recently announced date could lead to political instability.