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‘Why has Thailand not got the praise it deserves for containing Covd-19?’
NationalNov 17. 2020
By The Nation
It is intriguing for some countries why Thailand has not got the praise it deserves for effectively containing the Covid-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said in an interview.
He was speaking at Government House on Monday about the 34th Asean Summit via video conferencing, when he broached on the situation of Thailand in the eyes of the world.
He said that in some countries, like New Zealand, the leaders were praised for their administration during the pandemic and re-elected, making some wonder why Thailand has not gained more attention for its efforts.
“I told them we are not like the others. People in our country know the result and the benefits, and at this moment Thai people have different points of view. They see a usurpation [of power],” he said, in a veiled reference to the anti-government street protests.
The minister said that the summit would not be linked to Thai affairs, but foreigners want to know why the public wants the prime minister to resign.
Therefore, he had emphasised to them that the situation developing in Thailand was a usurpation of power, typical of Thai politics that he had always seen.