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Military rule worsens divide

20 May 2016 at 04:00

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A coup supporter holds a placard supporting soldiers deployed in Bangkok following the May 22, 2014 putsch, led by the National Council for Peace and Order. Unlike its coup predecessors, the NCPO still lacks an exit strategy. Seksan Rojjanametakul

After two years of hope and anticipation, it is clear now that Thailand is no closer to peace and reconciliation than it was in the run-up to its latest military coup. In addition to the colour-coded divisions among civilians that have beset Thai politics over the past decade, we now suffer from a recurrent chasm between military authorities and civilian forces that was last seen more than two decades ago. As junta rule extends into a third year and possibly beyond, it looks increasingly like a combustible recipe full of tensions and risks that can only be cleared with a return to a legitimate government under popular rule.

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