Thai Prime Minister Lets Voters Complain to a Cut-out
Heads of state are often frustrated by the messy machinery of democracy, including inconvenient questions posed by pesky reporters. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Thai prime minister instated after a military coup in 2014, has found a curious way of dealing with the problem. On a video posted by the BBC, a somewhat frustrated Mr. Prayuth briefly spoke to an audience of reporters before waving goodbye, leaving pending questions to be answered by a cardboard cut-out of himself. Hoping for answers on possible elections, Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté laws and violence in the south, the press corps was left speechless. At least the cut-out posed for a friendly handshake for those keen on a rare selfie with the PM.