Thai Military: Do as We Say, Not as We Do

Last week, a spokesman for Thailand’s Constitution Drafting Commission said the junta is considering new mechanisms to aid the National Anti-Corruption Commission in its mission to crack down on graft at the local level. Allegedly widespread corruption, along with political chaos, was the military’s rationale for its May 22, 2014 coup that brought down the democratically elected government headed by then-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The current government, headed by former Army chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha – who appointed himself Prime Minister – has gone on a mission to clean out the decades-old corruption in Thailand’s often-disreputable government operations. Yingluck herself remains in the dock, accused of corruption in a vast rice-subsidy scheme that went wrong during her period in office.

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