Cover story: New re­al­ity for Thai­land?

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On 22 May 2014, Thai­land awoke to a new re­al­ity; the mil­i­tary had once again taken power in a mil­i­tary coup, the 12th since 1932. While in­ter­na­tional re­ac­tions con­demned the re­turn of a mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment, the re­ac­tions in Thai­land have been more mixed. Many peo­ple felt the po­lit­i­cal stale­mate re­sult­ing in street vi­o­lence be­tween a po­lit­i­cally di­vided and po­larised pop­u­la­tion had to end. The mil­i­tary claimed it had to step in be­cause the var­i­ous fac­tions were un­able to reach an agree­ment. Since then we have seen a de­ci­sive gov­ern­ment ad­dress a num­ber of pub­lic com­plaints, e.g. graft, cor­rup­tion, mafia in­flu­ence, vested in­ter­ests, vice as well as na­tional leg­isla­tive chal­lenges such as pend­ing laws in a num­ber of fields rang­ing from in­ter­na­tional agree­ments, tax­a­tion, en­ergy and the en­vi­ron­ment. It re­mains to be seen how long the mil­i­tary will stay in power. It is also un­clear whether the mil­i­tary will ap­ply the same eth­i­cal stan­dards to it­self as those it de­mands from peo­ple who even­tu­ally take over after democ­racy is re­stored. So far, the mil­i­tary rulers have placed them­selves above the law. In the mean­time, Thai­land faces a num­ber of chal­lenges in or­der to keep the econ­omy grow­ing. Thai-Nor­we­gian Business Re­view will con­tinue to re­port on th­ese mat­ters un­til democ­racy is re­stored.

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