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Economy

Political fatigue wears on Thai consumers

Election, economy damp political sentiment as one-year royal mourning period ends

| Thailand
  • An FTCR survey showed that Thais are more pessimistic about the current political situation than at any time since the military took power in May 2014.
  • Our research also showed that Thais think the political environment is unlikely to improve over the next six months.
  • Most respondents believed the election, now promised for November 2018, will slip to 2019 or later.

The one-year mourning period for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej drew to an end last week with an elaborate five-day cremation ceremony. Meanwhile, the latest consumer survey from FTCR indicated Thais are now more pessimistic about politics than at any point since the military seized power in May 2014.

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