Economic reforms 'make-or-break' for Thai junta

General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, left, supreme commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, talks to Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha to discuss the 2015 national budget in Bangkok June 13. © Reuters

RON CORBEN, Contributing writer

BANGKOK -- A recent uptick in Thai economic indicators suggests that the country's economy is on the road to recovery after the May 22 coup. But analysts warn that without serious reforms, including promised measures to help narrow the gap between the "haves" and "have-nots," Thailand could again slide back into political instability. In the short term, forecasters say, the economy will bounce back quickly after a disastrous first quarter. Gr...