Thailand Awaits a Rigged Referendum

On Aug. 7, Thailand’s 40 million-odd voters are scheduled to go to the polls to vote on a draft constitution that the junta has attempted to rig so thoroughly that it thinks it can’t lose, although it might anyway. The goal of the draft constitution – the country’s 19th since the military staged its first coup in 1932 – is plainly designed to perpetuate the junta in power indefinitely, and to eliminate even the slightest chance that Thaksin Shinawatra, the communications billionaire who has dominated Thai politics not only from 2001 to 2006, when he was driven from power in a military coup, but by remote control from Dubai, where he has been in exile for 10 years.

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