Thai Raksa Chart Party leader holds up candidacy application of Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana at the Election Commission office in Bangkok, February 8, 2019 [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]
“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen,” Vladimir Ilych Lenin famously said. Sometimes decades get condensed into one single day, which changes dramatically the political dynamics of a country. February 8 was one of those days for Thailand.
It was supposed to