All frowns in the land of smiles: What is happening in Thai politics?

Thailand’s political deadlock continues after national elections, leaving the country without a new prime minister. The progressive Move Forward Party’s reformist stance on royal defamation laws and monopolies led to their coalition’s failure to secure power.

Now, all eyes are on the Pheu Thai party, but their differing approaches and alliance complexities add to the uncertainty. Meanwhile, the looming specters of the army and former premier Thaksin Shinawatra raise concerns over further political instability.

Thai court ruling prolongs political deadlock

Thailand’s Constitutional Court deferred a decision on election winner Pita Limjaroenrat’s prime ministerial challenge, extending political deadlock after a successful election for progressive parties.

Conservative Senate opposition and court deliberation hinder change despite MFP’s victory.

Winning party in Thai election excluded from coalition

The reformist Move Forward Party, winner of Thailand’s election, excluded from coalition formation due to resistance from military and pro-royalist senators, leaving the country in political deadlock.

Pheu Thai nominates tycoon Srettha Thavisin as its prime minister candidate. MFP’s push for lese-majeste reform led to their removal from the coalition.

Thailand’s political deadlock persists as Parliament postpones prime ministerial vote

Thailand’s political deadlock persists over two months after the General Election, as the parliament postpones a decisive vote for a new prime minister. Reformist candidate Pita Limjaroenrat’s path to premiership is blocked amidst constitutional disputes and opposition from military and pro-royalist senators, casting uncertainty over the country’s political future.