Thailand Needs to Fight a Different Battle

Eight months after the coup, the economy is faltering.

Impeaching Yingluck isn't the priority.

Photographer: Dario Pignatelli

Last May, the generals who grabbed power in Bangkok pulled off a PR coup as well: Their takeover cheered investors. While little good had come from 11 previous coups since the 1930s, this one seemed different. Junta-leader-turned-prime minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha proclaimed Thailand open for business and surrounded himself with experienced technocrats, promising to spur growth, attack corruption and "return happiness to the people."

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.