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From: Inside Story

Will Thailand’s new constitution lead to stability?

Voters overwhelmingly approved a new military-backed constitution that critics call undemocratic.

Thailand’s political history has been littered with periods of turmoil and uncertainty since the 1930s. 

The country’s military leaders now say that the new constitution, Thailand’s 20th, will pave the way for peace and stability.

Thai voters overwhelmingly approved the military-backed draft constitution on Sunday. 

But critics argue that the document will just solidify the military’s hold on the government.

So, is the referendum about grabbing more power? Or about returning to democracy?

Presenter: Richelle Carey


Kim McQuay – Thailand Country Representative for the Asia Foundation.

Verapat Pariyawong – Thai Legal adviser and Visiting Scholar at SOAS University of London.

Supong Limtanakool – Chairman of the Centre for Strategic Studies at Bangkok University.