Asia Foundation’s Thailand Country Rep Speaks on Post-Election Environment

October 5, 2011

Nearly five months have passed since Thailand elected its first-ever woman prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, younger sister of the controversial former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006. The election followed five years of political tension, a period that included a succession of disputed parliamentary elections, military intervention, blockades of airports and government buildings, and large-scale street demonstrations.

Now, citizens and pundits alike are watching how her administration moves forward on critical issues such as public services allocation, debate around her brother’s involvement in decision-making, reconciliation, the conflict in the South, and more. In this context, The Asia Foundation’s Thailand country representative, Kim McQuay, visiting from Bangkok, will lead a breakfast discussion at the Foundation’s D.C. office tomorrow about the aftermath of the election, perceptions of the new government’s performance so far, and prospects for reconciliation in the country overall. The Foundation’s director of International Relations Programs, John Brandon, will moderate.

During Thailand’s elections, In Asia featured extensive, on-the-ground election coverage and analysis from Asia Foundation experts. Watch a slideshow that captures campaign season fervor and election-day activities, taken by Asia Foundation photographers.

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