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THAILAND-WE NEED THOSE ELECTION MONITORS

THAILAND-WE NEED THOSE ELECTION MONITORS
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The Nation-Nov 6

Breaking with accepted tradition, the foreign minister says foreign experts are unwelcome on polling day. He’s wrong.  Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai pretends that Thailand has nothing to hide and, since he sees no overt problems with our political system, he regards the idea of having foreign observers monitor the upcoming general election as “inauspicious”. We have to wonder where Don has been for the past 14 years. Thailand remains gripped in a clamp of social and political crises with the end nowhere in sight. Don, however, apparently equates the absence of street violence and colour-coded politics with peace and stability.

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