New Thai government may be unstable, short-lived
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New Thai government may be unstable, short-lived

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of the Palang Pracharat Party receives flowers from supporters during an election campaign rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, March 22, 2019. The political movement that has won every Thai election in nearly two decades is facing its biggest test yet: Squaring off against the allies of the military junta that removed it from power and rewrote the electoral rules with the goal of putting an end to those victories. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK — Thailand’s election Sunday is likely to produce a weak unstable government whether it’s a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

The election is Thailand’s first since its military toppled an elected government in May 2014.

It was the conservative establishment’s third major attempt by either military or legal coup to eradicate the influence of Thaksin Shinawatra, a tycoon who made his fortune in telecommunication and upended Thailand’s politics with a populist political revolution nearly two decades ago.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as army chief led the 2014 coup and is hoping to stay in power with a new political system that limits the power of political parties not aligned with the military.

The Associated Press

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