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BreakingNews: Thailand: VOTES WASTED. WAS OUR VOICE HEARD?#RespectMyVote

What happened?

Srettha Thavisin, a 60-year-old real estate mogul from the Pheu Thai Party became Thailand’s prime minister today (22 August 2023), following the parliamentary session to vote for the Prime Minister Voting Srettha Thavisin emerged victorious with an overwhelming majority of votes, garnered from both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Notably, Srettha stood as the solitary contender for the prime ministerial role after Pita Limjaroenrat, the PM candidate of the election winner Move Forward party, failed to receive enough votes from the junta-appointed senate. Succeeding Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former military general, who assumed power through a coup d'état in 2014, Srettha Thavisin is now positioned to lead a coalition government that consists of military parties who were coup makers, including Palang Pracharath and Ruam Thai Sang Chart, sending a clear message that the voices of over 25 million Thais who voted for a return to democracy are meaningless.

This decision culminated a prolonged political impasse that has gripped the country since the recent general election, held just three months ago.

The Disrespect to Thai People’s Votes weakening hope for Democracy

This outcome is yet another blatant disrespect of Thai people’s votes, and the victory of the Pheu Thai party is far from democratic!

It is clear that this government’s rise to power is not legitimate, as it is a result of dinosaurs in the parliament refusing to respect the elections results and the people’s demands for political reforms. Thai people casted their vote on May 14, 2023, and elected the progressive Move Forward Party with Pita Limjaroenrat as designated 30th Prime Minister of Thailand. Yet, today a PM who relies on the support of dinosaurs and authoritarian leaders, was elected.

#WeAreManushyan ♾️ Equal Human Beings

Our Call to Action:

✊Manushya Foundation stands in solidarity with the people of Thailand who expressed their desire for a new, democratic government. We urge the newly formed government to listen to the Thai people and restore Thailand’s democracy immediately. We cannot accept a government that will only strive to preserve the establishment and draconian laws with an undemocratic formed government.


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