31 Jul '18, 8am

Don't let Thai junta chief chair Asean next year: Jakarta Post columnist

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Next year, Thailand will get its turn chairing the 10-member Asean, replacing Singapore. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is scheduled to hand over his chairmanship to Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this November. It will be a major political boost for the general. Will Indonesia just let it happen? This time, the change is much more than a regular transfer of chairmanship. The Thai junta does not deserve the position amid strong waves of democratisation in this region. We just witnessed how Malaysians responded to a corrupt leader. Myanmar is also undergoing a major transformation of democracy, although de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has not been able to fully control the country. The Philippines and Indonesia belong to a club of democratic nations despite domestic problems. Asean is quite rigid in practi...

Full article: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/dont-let-thai-j...

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