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Thai Establishment Thwarts Popular Will with Post-Election Moves

Despite winning big at the polls on 14 May, Thailand’s Move Forward has been blocked from forming a government.

  • In taking this step, as Crisis Group expert Matt Wheeler explains in this Q&A, the party’s conservative opponents are nudging the country toward turmoil.

What is happening in Thai politics, and why is it important?

Thailand’s 14 May general election resulted in a stunning triumph for the progressive Move Forward Party and a resounding rejection of political forces associated with the military-backed establishment that has governed since the May 2014 coup d’état.

Campaigning on a platform that directly challenged the military’s prerogatives, as…

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