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Thailand s new government could be unstable, short-lived

Thailand s election Sunday is likely to produce a weak, unstable government whether it s a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in a country that s a US ally in Southeast Asia and one of the world s top tourist destinations. The election is Thailand s first since its military seized power from an elected government in May 2014. It was the conservative establishment s third major attempt by either military or legal coup to eradicate the influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a tycoon who made his fortune in telecommunication and upended Thailand s politics with a populist political revolution nearly two decades ago. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as army chief led the 2014 coup, is hoping to stay in power with a hybrid political system that relies on an appointed Senate and a 20-year national strategic plan to limit the power of political parties not aligned with the military. It will be ...

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