Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and ruling party lawmakers face a series of legal cases aimed at accomplishing what months of opposition-led street protests could not: Ejecting them from office and political life.
U.S. stocks rose as better-than- forecast growth in American manufacturing and Facebook Inc.’s $19 billion WhatsApp Inc. deal overshadowed concern over the global economic outlook. Treasuries fell and shares in European emerging markets dropped while natural gas slipped.
Clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Bangkok killed five people and wounded at least 65 yesterday, as the opposition edged a step forward in legal efforts to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Thai police began dismantling Bangkok demonstration sites that were abandoned by anti- government groups, whose numbers have dwindled since beginning a campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in October.
Thai rice farmer Pakasit Jamjaras usually spends his days tilling soil, just like his forefathers. Now he’s been harvesting signatures instead of grain, with a petition to King Bhumibol Adulyadej because the government hasn’t paid for his crop in five months.
Thailand’s opposition movement is reaching out to rice farmers to break a political stalemate as the nation awaits official election results, seeking to turn a source of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
One might well despair of democracy in Southeast Asia, judging by the events of recent weeks: crackdowns on protesters in Cambodia, anti-Christian attacks in Malaysia and anti-Muslim riots in Myanmar, an electoral civil war in Thailand. That makes the fate of Joko Widodo important far beyond the confines of Jakarta, the sprawling megacity he currently runs.