Thai Government Has Lost Public’s Trust, Banned Leader Says

(Bloomberg) — One of Thailand’s most high-profile critics said the government was facing a “perfect storm” of protests and economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic, predicting it would not last the full term after losing the trust of its people.

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the former leader of opposition Future Forward Party, was banned from politics for 10 years after a court ordered the group’s dissolution for breaching financing rules in February. He has repeatedly denied the charges.

“In time of political, economic and health crises, if you can’t command trust of the people, how can you run the country?” Thanathorn said in an interview in the capital, Bangkok, on Monday. “You can’t even find a finance minister. It means no one has confidence in you.” The previous minister quit due to health reasons on Sept. 2 after less than a month into the job and has yet to be

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