No End in Sight for Thailand's Turbulent Politics

 Prayuth Chan-ocha swears in his new cabinet this month, the ex-general who toppled Thailand's elected government five years ago will officially return civilian rule to a country that has made a cottage industry of coup d'états.On taking power, he vowed to break that cycle by healing the deep social schisms that have riven the country in recent generations. After a half-decade of military rule, though, analysts say Thailand is as divided as ever, if not more.Pundits already are predicting when, not if, the new government will collapse."I would be amazed if this government lasts the whole four-year term. ... I think the question is: Just how long can it go on?" said Peter Mumford, head of Southeast Asia coverage for the Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy.Prayuth's ruling coalition in Parliament is an awkward amalgam of 19 parties stitched together with cabinet seat handouts and competing political promises, the result of a messy general election in March that offered up no clear winners....................



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