Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong said a new National Reform Council would push developments including sea ports, greatly increased airport capacity and new fibre optic connections to Europe, the US and big Asian countries.

He said changes made to the democratic system would reflect the views of a “well-informed population” and promote “unity and harmony” – what critics see as code for shutting down debate and disenfranchising less educated people in the rural north, who have consistently delivered governments not to the liking of Bangkok’s traditional civilian and military elite.

BP: That would be the well-informed urban middle class and those who voted for the Democrats? It does seem that a version of PAD’s New Politics, where representatives from professional organizations (who make up around 10% of the population) will have around 50% of the representatives, is on the agenda of the junta….*

*Reworded this sentence just after posting.

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