Thailand Referendum: Nation to vote on constitutional changes

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Thailand Referendum Nation to vote on constitutional changes

Thailand has a nationwide referendum on Sunday, on whether to accept a constitution proposed by the military government.

The military came to power in 2014 following protests against the elected government. Many of the disgruntled demonstrators were rice farmers who felt they hadn’t been properly compensated after a failed rice subsidy scheme. But many farmers have also been disappointed by the military government that they claim mismanaged the recent drought. Indeed some feel their interests will be marginalized by the proposed constitution.

The following is one of a series of pieces we have on CCTV, in which Thai people talk about the issues that concern them in this weekend’s referendum.

Thailand Referendum: Nation to vote on constitutional changes

Thailand Referendum: Nation to vote on constitutional changes

Thailand has a nationwide referendum on Sunday, on whether to accept a constitution proposed by the military government. The military came to power in 2014 following protests against the elected government. Many of the disgruntled demonstrators were rice farmers who felt they hadn't been properly compensated after a failed rice subsidy scheme. But many farmers have also been disappointed by the military government that they claim mismanaged the recent drought. Indeed some feel their interests will be marginalized by the proposed constitution. The following is one of a series of pieces we have on CCTV, in which Thai people talk about the issues that concern them in this weekend's referendum.


Sung Won Sohn on Thai economy

For more about Thai economy and the impact of the constitutional changes, CCTV America’s Michelle Makori interviewed Sung Won Sohn, professor of economics at California State University, Channel Islands.