Prayut Chan-o-cha gets the official nod as Prime Minister for another four years. The military’s proxy party will likely finish its term, but the opposition has a responsibility to lay the groundwork for true democracy.
Thailand’s left will likely see significant wins in next week’s elections, despite a court ban on a key opposition party. As the varied opposition parties are still comparatively strong, the court’s ban has accomplished little but to undermine the elections in favour of preserving the status quo.
New data indicates Thailand has the highest wealth inequality in the world. With elections expected in February, political parties are forced to address this threat to social stability.