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Vacancies no hurdle for Prayut, but what about student protests?

How Thai PM's new team steers economy will determine next stage of fallout from pandemic

It is daunting to face a downturn with six ministerial seats vacant, but that is where Thai Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha is at now, after his finance minister, energy minister and four other Cabinet members resigned rather than wait for the axe in the upcoming reshuffle.

Heaping pressure on Asean's worst-performing economy are growing youth-led protests calling for the Parliament to be dissolved.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2020, with the headline 'Vacancies no hurdle for Prayut, but what about student protests?'. Print Edition | Subscribe