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Thai Election: A Comparative Analysis

July 21, 2023EdgeTheory
Parliament House of Thailand


The media narrative surrounding Thai democracy is focused on the rejection of popularly elected prime ministerial candidate Pita Limjaroenrat and the manipulation of constitutional and legal frameworks by military junta-backed conservative elites. This narrative has been amplified by our Narrative Intelligence, with multiple sources contributing to the discussion.

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Headline Issues

1. Threatened Democracy

The rejection of prime ministerial candidate Pita Limjaroenrat and the manipulation of frameworks by military junta-backed conservative elites highlight challenges faced by the country's electoral system and the potential impact on public sentiment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Two cases have been brought against Pita, which could result in his banishment from politics or even imprisonment.
  • The coalition is likely to put forward Pita again to be rejected, as a way to demonstrate the importance of public sentiment.
  • Thailand has experienced two coups since 2006, removing elected leaders and banning political parties.

2. Military Junta and Conservative Elites

The influence of military junta-backed conservative elites is a significant factor in the threat to Thai democracy. These elites are accused of manipulating the constitutional and legal frameworks to block popularly elected political leaders from forming the government.

Key Takeaways:

  • Military junta-backed conservative elites are using their influence to manipulate the political landscape.
  • The constitutional and legal frameworks put in place after the 2014 coup are being used to block popularly elected leaders.
  • The nomination of a compromise candidate for speaker of the House of Representatives demonstrates the pro-democracy coalition's willingness to compromise.

Insights on Top Surfaced Keywords

Found Only in Sources in Think Tanks

The keywords found only in sources in think tanks include "minister hun," "minister prayuth," and "brookings institution." These keywords highlight the specific political figures and institutions that are discussed in these sources. The repetition of "minister prayuth" suggests the importance of this political figure in the narratives analyzed. The mention of the "brookings institution" indicates the reliance on this think tank as a source of information and analysis.


Overall, the surfaced keywords provide insights into the different narratives and perspectives presented in the analyzed sources. The repetition of certain keywords and the absence of others indicate the varying emphasis and focus in these narratives. These keywords help to identify the key players, events, and themes in the competing narratives and provide a valuable understanding of the discourse surrounding the analyzed topics.

thailand elections amplification distribution by keyword-dynamics

Sources in Think Tanks

thailand elections amplification distribution by keyword-dynamics

Thai Sources in Pacific Region Media

thailand elections amplification distribution by keyword-dynamics

China Sources in Pacific Region Media




Note: Kudzu Narrative Intelligence briefs update every few hours. Very likely, the Narrative Analysis data visualization depicted in the graphic above will have changed as well.

Image Credit for Article Header: P Phongsakon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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