Those puzzled by the recurrent political turmoil over the past decade should look at the past few weeks in Bangkok as a microcosm of the trials and tribulations of Thai democracy.
Parliamentary police were called in to restore order in parliament after chaotic scenes erupted during the debate on charter amendments last week. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL
What began as anti-democratic street politics to destabilise and depose the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yielded to parliamentary proceedings, only to be left in limbo. Street politics and extra-parliamentary manoeuvres to determine political outcomes have been disgraced as much as parliament is unable to offer itself as a balancing and reliable pillar for Thailand's problematic democratic system. To avoid more extra-parliamentary misadventures, Thailand's democratic institutions must become more in sync and effective in addressing the aspirations and grievances of its electorate.
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