Thai officials open a sealed ballot box ahead of counting. Photo: Bloomberg
Karim Raslan
Opinion

Opinion

Ceritalah by Karim Raslan

Why did Thailand’s junta bother with its farcical election?

  • Prayuth Chan-ocha has turned these polls into an exercise in thwarting the Shinawatras
  • Which begs the question: why carry out a vote if you’re not committed to the underlying principles?

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Thai officials open a sealed ballot box ahead of counting. Photo: Bloomberg
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The Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has emerged as a kingmaker in the Thai election stalemate. Photo: AFP

Thailand’s election stalemate: in Thaksin versus the junta, a pro-marijuana tycoon is kingmaker

  • As tongues wag over who will solve the Thaksin-junta stalemate in the Thai election, one man has emerged a kingmaker.
  • Meet Anutin Charnvirakul, a pro-marijuana business tycoon who has offered this piece of cryptic advice as to his political intentions: ‘Hot and Spicy’
Topic |   Thai elections

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The Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has emerged as a kingmaker in the Thai election stalemate. Photo: AFP
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