Thailand making big strides on democracy

Thailand made more progress on improving its democracy than any other nation in the world last year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual rankings released last week.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) raised Thailand’s score in 2022 to 6.67 from 6.04 in 2021. The increase of 0.62 points from 2021 was larger than that of any other nation during the same period. The score propelled the Kingdom from 72nd to 55th in the global ranking of 167 countries.
Thailand’s current government came to power in 2019 through a nationwide general election. Another election to choose a new government is widely expected to take place later this year. Some parties have already begun campaigning on an unofficial basis.
In raising Thailand’s score, the EIU cited the greater thought space afforded to the country’s opposition parties, which included more participation and a reduced threat from secessionist movements in the Deep South.
“The result of the recent democracy index is a reflection of the government’s determination to improve democracy in the country to ensure everything is in line with democratic procedures,” said Anucha Burapachaisri, Government Spokesperson.
“The government is ready to work to elevate people’s quality of life, together with restoring the economy for sustainable development,” he added.
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