Weekly News Magazines: Election Delay, January, 2019

From Manager Weekly, January 5-11, 2019
Main cover reads: King’s coronation. National sacred royal ceremony

[Refers to the official coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn or King Rama X who will officially crowned in a coronation ceremony on May 4-6, 2019.]

From Matichon Weekly, January 4-10, 2018
Main cover reads: [top] 26 Feb 2500 Election ‘dirty’! [bottom] 24 Feb 2552 Election ‘Clean’?

[Refers to the coming election which was originally set on February 24, 2019. There is continuing concern that the junta, led by PM Prayuth (pictured at bottom) may delay the election to stay in power longer.
The cover compares the transparency of the coming election under the junta comparing with what is considered one of the country’s worst elections during the rule of PM Plaek Phibunsongkhram (pictured top).]

Top: Happy [blue] fight the golden pig year [orange] about the [green] transparent election
[Refers to this year–the year of the pig–in which the most important event will be the election. Recently, many groups have called on the junta to not further delaying the election.]

From Lokwannee, January 4-11, 2019
Main cover reads: What my country’s got: everything (except the date of election)
[white letters] NACC
[black alphabet] EC

[Refers to controversial rap song entitled “What my country’s got” which criticized the junta and the independent agency National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). Recently, the NACC cleared Deputy PM Prawit of a luxury watch scandal. Meanwhile, the junta is noting that the election date might again be postponed.]

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