Thai Prime Min­is­ter Lets Vot­ers Com­plain to a Cut-out

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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.

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