Dust is far from settled for Thai coalition government

Of concern are passing of its first budget and if it strikes right populism-prudence balance

There are only so many things that one can control in a democratic system. Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha - a coup leader turned appointed premier turned post-election leader - is getting a taste of this reality one month after his Cabinet was stitched together from a 19-party coalition.

Mr Prayut's key lieutenants from the previous military government, which he also headed, have remained in place. These include deputy prime ministers Prawit Wongsuwan and Somkid Jatusripitak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 25, 2019, with the headline 'Dust is far from settled for Thai coalition government'. Print Edition | Subscribe