Thailand’s Reconciliation Bill in Parliament

There is always great danger when politicians begin talk about working together, listening to the opposition or reconciliation. Thailand is certainly no exception to the difference in rhetoric and results- the elected party (PT) is introducing reconciliation bills in Parliament to bring the country back together. And the bills will bring back past PM Thaksin.

I won’t attempt to summarize the three reconciliation bills put forward, but reconciling they are not.


There is a picture from Parliament as the opposition (Dems) react to news of a vote on the bills. And the yellow shirts (of airport closure and instigating the coup that drove Thaksin from office fame) have taken to the streets outside Parliament.

Power, many and responsibility are not going to be reconciled through these bills. And hard to see how this is good for Thailand.

About faranginbangkok

I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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