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The Demo­cratic vic­tory in the lower House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives will put le­gal checks and bal­ances on Orange­man’s most egre­gious pro­grammes af­fect­ing Thai­land — specif­i­cally im­mi­gra­tion and the tar­iff wars. Thai eco­nomic and aca­demic an­a­lysts agree right now that the elec­tion re­sults will chill out The Don­ald’s pro­tec­tion­ism. And a side ef­fect may be to give Asia more of the White House’s for­eign af­fairs fo­cus.

The Volde­mort fam­ily

Call it “bros be­fore foes”. At least in the short term, the world’s only brother-sis­ter team of flee­ing fugi­tive ex-prime min­is­ters put one over on the mil­i­tary op­po­nents. Broth­ers, sis­ters, cousins, in-laws and out­laws, the S-clan reg­is­tered a new po­lit­i­cal party, Thai Raksa Chart. Asked by Elec­tion Com­mis­sion reg­is­trars for the English lan­guage ti­tle, they came up with the amus­ing “Thai Safe the Na­tion Party”. The joke’s mostly on the junta, be­cause the Shi­nawa­tra-packed party is clearly a back-up for if... strike that, for when Pheu Thai is delisted be­cause of all that Volde­mort in­ter­fer­ence.

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