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.
In a FORSEA exclusive, Dr Prajak Kongkirati from Bangkok's Thammasat University, speaks about Thailand's military government and its inherent distain of the democratic process as upcoming polls loom for the country.
Even if those who oppose the junta win the elections, they would be deeply hampered by the constitution’s anti-democratic elements.