TOKYO — As the world frets over China’s deepening economic woes, Thailand is dealing with its own malaise. To an extent, the issues are related; weak Chinese demand has hurt Thai exports. But the Southeast Asian country is also beset by problems it failed to deal with when the going was good.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as a general led the May 2014 military coup following months of unrest, initially vowed to return the country to civilian administration as soon as the political strife was resolved. Now, it appears the next election will be delayed until at least 2017, leaving Prayuth in charge for the time being. Many say the junta is ruling with an iron fist.