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Thailand opposition crushes military parties in election rout

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By Panu Wongcha-um and Devjyot Ghoshal

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Not To Worry, the military will have a COUP within a few months in the name of national security.

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That's very encouraging but the junta is not out of the picture just yet. From the New York Tims article today on the election. The military changed the constitution to ensure a role in selecting the new prime minister.

"As of early Monday, it remained unclear who would ultimately lead the country. The junta rewrote the country’s Constitution in 2017 so that selecting the prime minister would come down to a joint vote between the 250-member military-appointed Senate and the popularly elected House of Representatives. The decision could take weeks or months."

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Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a retired general who led the last coup, had campaigned on continuity after nine years in charge, warning a change in government could lead to conflict.

Warning? Sounds more like a thinly veiled threat.

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Bad timing, I’m going there very soon! No vaccine required country. I was there when the protest at the democracy monument near Kao san road killed a friend. OMG.

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Hopefully the first domino is a series of dictatorships to fall. Hopefully Myanmar is next.

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Interesting. But the system is rigged anyway (as in most "democracies") and if the ruling class don't like developments the army has more experience terrorising its own citizens than fighting outside enemies anyway.

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We're starting to see more of these lately, after so many right-wing ultra-nationalist wins around the world, not too long ago.

Hoping for something similar to happen in Turkey. And, an outright revolution in Iran would be welcome, as well.

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Ms. Sinawatra has my vote!

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Not To Worry, the military will have a COUP within a few months in the name of national security.

You beat me to it.

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Hoping for something similar to happen in Turkey. And, an outright revolution in Iran would be welcome, as well.

Democratic governments undermine the independence of the judiciary system, restrict the freedom of the press, and portray any opposition as treason. Strongmen in countries such as Turkey and Russia xperiment with new types of illiberal democracies and downright dictatorships. Today, few would confidently declare that the Communist Party of China is on the wrong side of history.

Many Americans feared communism as a different political system, and also because of their belief in the "domino theory." This fear is promulgated by propanda of the domino theory which helped led the US into the Vietnam War. After the US lost the Vietnam War, Communism didn't spread around the world or through the region. It's just a hysterical theory whether for allies or dictatorships.

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Today, few would confidently declare that the Communist Party of China is on the wrong side of history.

Uh, what? I think when you are welding people into their apartments and hurriedly trying to solve one economic crisis after another, you are on the wrong side of history.

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When given the choice, the Thai people reject the shackles of military authoritarian government

One can tell who the people here who have never really lived under an authoritarian government (I grew up under one)

It's like those same people who believed the workers' paradise of the proletarianism of the Soviet Union, or the theological paradise society of ISIS

But of course, when they got there........................ Lol

Democratic governments undermine the independence of the judiciary system, restrict the freedom of the press, and portray any opposition as treason.

Lol, and pray tell what authoritarian governments do? The opposite? Lol

Rather live for myself at the outside "chaos" of a democracy, than under the straitjacket "safety" of an asylum ward authority

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