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David Camroux

Articles by David Camroux (2)

  • Can Thailand end its 80-year search for constitutional order?

    General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the head of the Thai Army, having just three days earlier urged all parties to act within constitutional limits, on 28 February hinted at the possibility of resorting to 'a special method' to resolve the political crisis in Thailand, now in its fourth month. He declared that 'one can envisage that the situation might end up with a coup…I admit it would not be legal. But every coup is meant to end a crisis.' General Prayuth's declaration is doubly significant.
  • Class, economy, monarchy: Thailand's multidimensional malaise

    The attempt on Monday 13 January to shut down Bangkok, orchestrated by the People's Democratic Reform Committee led by Suthep Thaugsuban, a former Deputy Prime Minister and member of the opposition Democrat Party, does not seem to have achieved its objective. Moreover, through the soft policing of the demonstrations, the caretaker government of Yingluck Shinawatra limited the kind of violence that the opposition had hoped would provoke a military coup and thus thwart the early elections planned