Foreign press speaking in near unison on Thailand

The Wall Street Journal: The New Thai Dictatorship
…But nobody should be under any illusion that this is a return to civilian government. Developments since May’s coup suggest that Thailand is unlikely to return to full democracy next year as promised…

The Economist: Five Hundred Days of Dictatorship
…To stay in power till the next royal succession, the generals must prove that their brand of authoritarianism can improve the lot of 68m Thais. If they pulled it off, theirs would be the first coup anywhere since the end of the cold war that actually raised the pace of income growth. It will never be known what Thailand could have achieved for itself this decade within a democratic framework. If Thailand’s own history is a reliable guide, abandoning democracy can be expected to lead straight to economic stagnation and exacerbated inequality.

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