After Pita

The end of the bid by Pita Limjaroenrat to become the next Prime Minister of Thailand was expected even without the complication of the country’s Constitutional court suspending his membership of Parliament. This was because the 42-year-old leader of the Move Forward Party just did not have the numbers to cross the half-way mark in a legislature that consists of 750 members, of whom fully a third owe their positions to the military

What next?

The election result comes at a time the country is pursuing plans to move from a heavy-industrybased economy to one geared towards innovation, or Thailand 4.0.

ASEAN recognises social protection

Among Southeast Asian member states, only Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand are considered to have strong social protection systems.