Thailand Government House, Jan 2010. Wikimedia Commons

The Nation-Nov 27

The junta government says its generosity to welfare recipients has nothing to do with coming election. Is anyone convinced?  Everyone likes freebies, a trait that successive Thai governments have exploited to retain power, including the junta that’s been running the country for the past four years. The generals are now pinning hopes on winning a mandate from voters in the coming election, their ambitions bolstered by a Constitution they authored that tilts the playing field in their favor.

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First published in: The Nation