Political Temperature Cools in Bangkok

With Bangkok having calmed down in the run-up to the 86th birthday of Thailand’s ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the antagonists are catching their breath before the tear gas, rocks and rubber bullets may again begin to fly. It could be time to count the winners and losers, at least while a temporary truce reigns between the Bangkok elite and their allies, the royalists led by former Democrat Party deputy leader SuthepThaugsuban, and the Pheu Thai government, led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of exiled former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra. How long it will last is anybody’s guess. But in the short term, it appears the government is the winner.

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