Cambodia and Thailand: A Tale of Two Elections

The two countries have both been criticized in recent years for violating democratic norms, but that’s about where the similarities end.

Cambodia and Thailand will go to polls over the coming months. Governments in both countries have been widely criticized in recent years for human rights abuses and grinding down democratic values, particularly by the West.

It’s a narrative that’s been well-documented. Thais have spent half of the last decade under military rule, while Cambodians have endured a political crackdown that has dominated the headlines in both the government media and what remains of the independent press.

But the two countries have very different elections shaping up.

In Thailand, opinion polls consistently show that Paetongtarn Shinawatra, daughter of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, has widened her lead over Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

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