Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fractured Thailand a Once-Stable Nation Is Torn by Political Turmoil

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fractured Thailand a Once-Stable Nation Is Torn by Political Turmoil

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Unless one believes that the best government is no government, the situation in Thailand is close to catastrophic.

Against a backdrop of failed elections, disputed elections and a standoff between the elected government, political demonstrators and partisan courts, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine ministers were forced by a court to resign last week, leaving the country to be governed by an interim prime minister and civil servants.

The political faceoff in the Southeast Asian nation is between the so-called red shirts and yellow shirts. The red shirts are for the most part rural supporters of the Shinawatra family, led by Yingluck's exiled billionaire brother, Thaksin. Every time in recent years that Thailand has had elections, the red shirts in the form of his Pheu Thai party have won. This outcome is unacceptable to the yellow shirts, who are for the most part urban, based in Bangkok and, to a degree, more modern in their outlook. …

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