Somewhere down the road, and probably sooner than expected given the pressures and demands, Thailand’s military rulers must consider how to prepare the country for a return to democracy.
A soldier stands guard at Democracy Monument after the May 22 coup. The military junta has declared a road map to return the country to democracy, but an inclusive process is mandatory to ensure long-lasting peace. Patipat Janthong
Right now, the thinking is that the process of appointing a legislative assembly to draft a new constitution will take another three to four months, just in time to approve a budget for the country by October. Meanwhile, it has been announced that a panel will hear the views of all stakeholders as a step towards framing national reforms.
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