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Thaksin's era fading, but Thailand's troubles linger

Last month's election signals major changes, including the rise of a new opposition flag-bearer and the emergence of a Cambodian-Myanmar political model.

After nearly five years of military government, Thailand was supposed to find political clarity and a democratic way forward from its national elections on March 24.

But the outcome turned out otherwise. The politics of post-election Thailand is murky and precarious. Early signs suggest the country is evolving into an authoritarian state that combines elements of Myanmar's military entrenchment and Cambodia's elected dictatorship.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2019, with the headline 'Thaksin's era fading, but Thailand's troubles linger'. Subscribe