Thailand’s Political Flying Circus is B…

The horse-trading of cabinet portfolios that defined the short-lived governments of the 1980s and 1990s is back and bigger than ever now that Thailand's military junta has freed up political activity and scheduled an election for December 23. While it's much too early to determine who will emerge as the first elected prime minister since the military deposed Thaksin Shinawatra in a coup last September, this much seems clear: The Democrat party, the main opposition under Thaksin, and the People's Power party (PPP), which is basically a proxy of Thaksin's banned Thai Rak Thai party, will not join together in a coalition.

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