The general election in March 2019, the first since the 2014 coup, was marred by allegations of irregularities and the election commission said it will not announce the final results until May. In the meantime, it has brought sedition charges against the leader of a pro-democracy party that did better than expected in the election.
Thailand is stuck in a protracted seesaw between democracy and military rule. How will the final election results affect this balance? What role, if any, will King Vajiralongkorn play in determining Thailand’s future trajectory after his coronation in May? How will the political impasse impact Thailand’s chairing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year?