Thailand in disarray as political crisis gets worse

“Look and despair,” says The Economist. “A decade ago, Thailand was a shining example – rare proof that in southeast Asia, a vibrant democracy could go hand-in-hand with a thriving economy.”

Now it’s in “disarray” after a court ruled that the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and nine cabinet ministers, must step down over accusations of nepotism in the appointment of the country’s top security official in 2011.

The background to the case is long and tangled. Briefly, Thailand is locked in a protracted struggle between a populist elected government, and an elite of businessmen, the army, the judiciary [...]

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