Fiji sets for national election while Thailand declining in democracy

‎Fiji strongman Mr. Voreqe Bainimarama is set to resign as military chief of the coup-plagued South Pacific nation on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to contest long-awaited general elections in September.

Suva, FIJI:  Fijian military leader Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama (Photo credit: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Suva, FIJI: Fijian military leader Voreqe Bainimarama (Photo credit: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

While we see a positive development in small developing nations, we think Thailand has yet to politically mature. The country’s progress is delayed by elitist politics and the threat to overthrow democracy and replace with absolute monarchy.

Politicians from the Democrat Party believe that a “judiciary coup” or an army-led coup would help “reset” Thailand. Critics have argued that the Constitution, which was co-drafted by the army after the coup in 2006, is flawed. The coup removed a democratically-elected PM, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, from office. Mr. Thaksin is the older brother of the current Caretaker Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra.

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