Steady Prayut hand

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Royal tran­si­tion ex­plains mil­i­tary’s grip”, (Opin­ion, Oct 13).

Thiti­nan Pong­sud­hi­rak’s ac­count of the 2014 coup, pro­duced by the then-loom­ing royal tran­si­tion and the ut­ter self­ish­ness of the Yingluck ad­min­is­tra­tion, is in­deed first class. All of the arm­chair pre­dic­tions about po­lit­i­cal and so­cial chaos in the king­dom fol­low­ing the late King’s death have proved ground­less, largely thanks to the sure hand of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.

While mil­i­tary coups inevitably have their down­side — power, once tasted, is dif­fi­cult to aban­don and cor­rup­tion ex­ists uni­ver­sally — the his­tory books will likely be even-handed to the cur­rent prime min­is­ter. He has achieved what most com­men­ta­tors had thought im­pos­si­ble, namely to steer Thai­land through its most dif­fi­cult po­lit­i­cal era since the end of the ab­so­lute monar­chy in 1932. BARRY KENYON

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