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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand economy czar hit by party revolt at pandemic turning point

Oligarchs seen to favor new policy team to guide nation out of slump

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, left, has been a prominent civilian face in the former junta and post-election government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, far right. (Source photos by Masaru Shioyama and Reuters)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's coalition government has been rocked by an internal revolt in the pro-military Palang Pracharath Party, the largest in the 19-party alliance, with political daggers aimed at a technocratic-economic faction that was to lead the way out of the coronavirus crisis.

The shake-up was triggered this week after 18 members of the PPRP's executive committee abruptly resigned, forcing the party to have a leadership vote within 45 days.

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