Sunday, February 2, 2014

Election in Thailand and Tokyo

Today, a general election was held in Thailand.

The ruling Pheu Thai Party was facing a political crisis due to severe opposing. Therefore, Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, asked the King to dissolve parliament in order to resolve the stasis using a general election. However, opposing protestors was interfering the election. With occurring several violent accidents, it was afraid to carry out the voting.

According to the media, there were no severe disturbance against voting. However, some polling centers were blocked by the protestor, that made them impossible to be utilized. It resulted in the shortage of the seat determined to form a new parliament. Prime Minister side asked the Election Commission to set a new date for the people who had not voted yet.

The Hindu: Counting begins in Thai polls, results announcement postponed

The Wall Street Journal: Thai Elections Fail to Resolve Political Stalemate

It is regretful that a disrupting act could cancel the voting. Opposing parties may have their own policies. Nonetheless, I believe that the democratic process is a little better than other procedures, at least than violent ones.

Thailand is deeply concerned with Japan in mutual economy. Some years ago, Thailand was attacked by a flood, that led to a severe reduction of product of electric devices. Political confusion in Thailand must be harmful for both countries. I hope that Thailand will regain the calm in politics.

By the way, the election of Tokyo governor is amidst broad controversy in Japan. After the past governor Inose's  resignation, several candidates have declared to succeed him. To be honest, I am indifferent to the result. Tokyo will not change so dramatically, whoever is elected. Japanese Election is much more pastoral than Thai.


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