The decision by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to take control of national security solves a political problem but poses new challenges.
It opens new opportunities to address the violence in the deep South. At the same time it raises several possible problems. It has been two decades since a prime minister has directly assumed control and Ms Yingluck will be battling entrenched perceptions as well as the violent gangs of the South.
Ms Yingluck is the first prime minister to take a firm hold of national security since Chuan Leekpai, the Democrat premier from 1992 to 1995. Shortly after he took office, a political battle broke out over who would serve as defence minister. Mr Chuan stepped in where no civilian had ever dared to tread, and took the post himself.
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