Mahathir's rise puts deep South talks at risk

Mahathir's rise puts deep South talks at risk

Peace is going to be a while coming to the deep South as it appears newly re-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed of Malaysia wants to reorganise the separatists' peace team. (File photo)
Peace is going to be a while coming to the deep South as it appears newly re-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed of Malaysia wants to reorganise the separatists' peace team. (File photo)

The return of Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad to politics has led to uncertainty over the peace talks over the deep South between the Thai authorities and the Mara Patani. The talks, initially set for last month, have been postponed.

The talks kicked off at the time of former prime minister Najib Razak who was said to have thrown his full support behind the talks which were initiated by Yingluck Shinawatra, his counterpart. He named his close aide and former security chief Dato Sri Ahmad Zamzamin bin Hashim as talks facilitator. When Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha took power in 2014, following the coup that ousted the Pheu Thai government, he asked Mr Najib for continued support.

Wassana Nanuam is a senior news reporter covering military affairs for the Bangkok Post.

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Wassana Nanuam

Senior news reporter

Wassana Nanuam is a senior news reporter covering military affairs for the Bangkok Post.

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