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Thai coup leader uses ballot box to stay as prime minister

BANGKOK (AP) — When Prayuth Chan-ocha led a military coup to take over Thailand’s government five years ago, he wore a dowdy officer’s uniform. A five-year makeover transformed him into a politician, now styled in a well-tailored Western suit or an elegant silk “suea phraratchathan,” a Thai spin on the …

Thailand: Poking the Tiger | The Diplomat

Young student activists are unlikely to bring down the junta — but they can make its life more difficult. Activists in Thailand have a busy calendar. Throughout the year they solemnly mark anniversaries of key dates in the struggle to establish a meaningful democracy in the kingdom. The surfeit of …

Why Thailand Returned the Uyghurs | The Diplomat

The move, condemned by the UN, reflects an increasing alignment. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees recently challenged Thailand’s repatriations of Uyghurs to China. This act, under international law could be termed refoulement, the return of a victim to their persecutor. Why would Thailand do this? The answer reflects …