Junta Wins Thailand’s Farcical Election…

Although Thailand’s junta won the Aug. 7 referendum on a draft constitution with 62 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, any idea that this was a democratic election that validates the army’s hold on power is specious. It is highly unlikely that the result, being welcomed by the junta as a triumph, is going to be accepted in any respectable international capital. It has been widely condemned by human rights groups as rigged and by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights. That is because it was an election that the military made sure it couldn’t lose.

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