A New Battle is Coming in Thailand: Can Prayut Hold onto the Premiership?


About the Webinar

After forming the core of Thailand’s ruling coalition for two years, the Phalang Pracharat Party (PPRP) is reportedly preparing for the country’s next elections. Signs suggest that the PPRP has not been alone in preparing for new polls. Other political parties and politicians have also begun to make themselves ready for an upcoming campaign. Politicians have switched parties, and famous political figures have set up new electoral vehicles — including the Kla or Courage Party of former Democrat parliamentarians and the Thai Sang Thai or Thais Build Thailand Party launched by former Phuea Thai leader Sudarat Keyuraphan. Sub-district-level polls and gubernatorial elections in Bangkok are also in the offing.

This webinar will examine these developments and the policies that the PPRP has developed in an effort to ensure its victory in Thailand’s next national elections — including vaccination for COVID-19, the adoption of a new electoral system, and a slate of populist measures to be implemented before Thais head to the polls. The PPRP’s success in pursuing these policies is likely to pave the way for electoral victory and for the pro-military party’s control of Thailand for another four years.

About the Speaker

Punchada Sirivunnabood is Visiting Fellow in the Thailand Studies Programme of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mahidol University, Bangkok. With James Ockey, she is preparing a book manuscript on stability, change, institutionalization and evolution in the Thai political-party system.


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Aug 23 2021


10:00 am - 11:15 am