- January 9, 2018
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Daily News
- Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, known for his temperamental outbursts, has adopted a unique tactic to avoid tricky questions from reporters — leave a cardboard cutout of himself for reporters to quiz.
- But the gesture has been criticized by Human Rights Watch which said it shows the military junta chief’s “contempt of media criticism” in a country yet to restore democracy since a 2014 coup.
- Seventeen life-sized cutouts of Prayuth have been set up around the government compound ahead of Children’s Day on 6 Jan 18. They show Prayuth in various outfits including sportswear, work suits and traditional Thai attire.
- On 8 Jan 18, Prayuth spoke briefly at Government House before a cutout of Prayuth in a suit and tie was brought out. Prayuth, who is known for his abstruse sense of humor, then told journalists to refer any questions to the cardboard cutout.
- Prayuth’s government has announced it will hold a general election in Nov 18 after repeatedly delaying the vote.
- However, it has yet to lift a ban on political campaigning despite pressure from groups of all political stripes.