A pro-democracy protester takes part in a demonstration against the Thai junta delaying the general election, in Bangkok, on January 27. Photo: Reuters

Thai military’s grip on power won’t ease any time soon

Pavin Chachavalpongpun says the latest postponement of a long-promised general election underlines the junta’s fear of the Shinawatra family’s lingering influence, at a time when the new king is still settling in

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A pro-democracy protester takes part in a demonstration against the Thai junta delaying the general election, in Bangkok, on January 27. Photo: Reuters
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Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is an associate professor at Kyoto University’s Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. He is the author of several books, including “Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin and His Foreign Policy”.