Entry 7: Thailand Politics
Long Name: Kingdom of Thailand
Type of Gov.: Constitutional Monarchy
Date of independence: 1238
National Holiday: Birthday of King Dec 5
Chief Of State: King Adunyadet
Head of government: Prime Minister Yinglak Chinnawat
Executive Branch: Leader of the party to organize a majority coalition
Legislative Branch: Bicameral with senate and House of rep
Judicial Branch: 3 judges all approved by the monarchy
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal and compulsory
Thailands Ambassador: Ambassador Satchiphanon
Thailands Embassy: 1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20007
US Ambassador: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney
Location of US Embassy: 120-122 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330
Flag: The red color symbolizes the nation and the blood of life, white represents religion
and the purity of Buddhism, blue stands for the monarchy
National Symbol: Elephant
Thailands Political Crisis– Not so Unique
This article is comparing and contrasting the government in Thailand to it’s neighbors. Thailand has been in a political crisis for 4 years. Thailand is a Constitutional Monarchy that doesnt really function like a Constitutional Monarchy. It has more military coups than normal. The Thai army has been reluctant in subduing the political protests.
I think that the armies reluctancy was good for their constitutionality as long as the protests don’t turn into riots. I also disagree with the statement that the Thai Government is not unique. I don’t think is is bland or unique. I think it is a happy medium.
This article tied in with the politics in Thailand directly. The entire article was all about the political uniqueness and the military action in Thailand.