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What now for Thailand (after the 12 March ruling)


Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

The decision of the Constitutional Court in Thailand on 12 March 2014 will have far reaching effects on the political upheaval currently being experienced in the country and its future solution.

As soon as Prime Minister Yingluck Shiniwatra called an election for 2 February 2014 –  in order to give the electorate a chance to confirm her mandate to continue as their prime minister following the anti-government protests – she became a “caretaker” prime minister with significantly reduced powers. She would have been aware of that.

Budgets can’t be allocated under a caretaker administration. Megaprojects and major infrastructure projects are put on ice. The Constitutional Court confirmed on 12 March 2014 that the 2 trillion baht rail improvement project, which had been agreed and would have enhanced communications between Thailand and its neighbours, will not now take place. Major institutions have said that will not have an adverse long-term effect…

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