The removal of the plaque and the start of a fourth year under military rule marked a bleak chapter in Thailand’s history.
Seeking More Power, Thailand’s New King Is Taking the Country Away From Being a Constitutional Monarchy
King Rama X is transforming the nominal powers granted by the constitution into real powers to be exercised at his own discretion, restoring a hybrid form of monarchical rule in the Land of Smiles.
Crown prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has been invited by the parliament to succeed his father, the widely popular King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said, the cabinet will ask the president of parliament to invite crown prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become king.
To end Thailand’s cycle of military and failed civilian governments, its politicians have to go beyond their structurally determined paths and challenge the status quo.
One person was killed and 30 wounded when two bombs exploded late on Tuesday in Pattani, less than two weeks after the seven provinces attacks.
Under the junta’s “roadmap” to restore democratic rule, Prayuth has previously said a general election will be held in 2017. A democratically elected government will take power at the earliest in 2017, a senior official said on Monday.
The country, which has been divided for more than a decade between rival camps, endorsed a military-backed constitution paving the way for a general election.
Thailand votes on Sunday for a new constitution that aims to subdue political parties and give generals a permanent role in overseeing economic development.
Thailand was downgraded to the lowest ranking in June 2014 just weeks after the military seized power.
The ruling junta has already banned criticism of the draft charter in the run-up to the vote.
Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said New Delhi supported the role of international law in the dispute, but stopped short of saying that the ruling by The Hague should be binding.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made the pledge to help the Southeast Asian economies in Thailand’s capital, where on May 1 he began a week-long visit to the region in which Japan competes with China for influence.
The military has ruled since a May 2014 coup and has banned political gatherings, censored media and tried dissenters in military courts.