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ANU ASEAN Society presents

The political transition in Thailand

Seminar


When:

3rd April 2018
5-7pm

Where:

HAG052, Haydon-Allen Building ANU - 22 University Ave, Canberra ACT 2601

Speakers:

Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Associate Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Sarah Bishop, PhD Candidate, ANU College of Law

Cost:

Free

Thailand is currently experiencing a momentous event in its history, as it is preparing for a political transition away from military rule. As the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is preparing for elections, it has allowed new political parties to register with the Election Commission. However, this newfound space for political mobilisation contrasts with the remaining constraints on rights of free expression that the junta has maintained ever since the May 2014 coup. Regime critics are still prosecuted for expression of dissent through defamation laws and executive acts.

The latest constitution confers considerable reserve domains of power to the military, as the new Senate is fully-appointed while the new elected government will have its policy freedom constrained by a long-term strategy plan drafted by the junta. New parties are championing current junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha to represent them in the upcoming elections. Although Prayuth has refused to answer questions over his participation as an electoral candidate, his recent statements that he remains a civilian politician and that he has renounced his military background suggests that he could potentially stand for elections.

Due to the path-breaking nature of these events, the ANU ASEAN Society is hosting a panel discussion regarding the context and the mechanics of the political transition with two experts on Thai politics and law:

If you are interested in discussing Thai and Asian politics, political transitions, and military governments, then do take this opportunity to engage with our expert panellists. We hope to see you there!

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