COMMENTARIES

Thailand’s Political Unrest: Referendum on the Cards?

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

The Phuea Thai Party is leading a bid to draft a new Constitution, in the wake of student protests calling on the government to stop harassment of critics and dissolve the Senate. Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha can seize the initiative and call for a referendum. Given mounting calls for a “revolution,” not merely reforms, General Prayut does not have the luxury of time.

Thai Cabinet Reshuffle: Avoiding Mismatch in the Mixing

Sihasak Phuangketkeow

The resignation of several ministers from the Thai cabinet has forced the hand of the prime minister, who will have to announce a cabinet reshuffle as the economy totters in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ultimately, the reshuffle will be more a change in personalities than policy direction.

Thai Cabinet Overhaul in the Offing?

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

Thailand will soon be looking at another cabinet reshuffle. But there is more than meets the eye. The prime minister’s relationship with the ruling Phalang Pracharat Party remains tenuous.

The Phuea Thai Party: The Ignominy of Irrelevance

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

The Phuea Thai Party, the country’s largest opposition party, is becoming increasingly irrelevant. To compound matters, the Thai prime minister is enjoying a surge of support, thanks to the country’s relatively successful battle against the coronavirus.