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  • September 28, 2014

    Poll has shown why reform will be tough

    ... to the limits. But it is probably irrelevant now to say who was more wrong. The question is how Thailand can achieve genuine political peace when Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra remain virtually neck and neck as the country's most popular prime ministerial candidates. Thailand's much-talked-about "reform...

    Opinion
  • September 21, 2014

    'Political will is the key to decentralisation'

    ...: "We can't just sit back and hope that the goal [for the empowerment of local administrations] that had already been proposed will suffice." Abhisit said the push for decentralisation and the empowerment of local administrations had been clearly written in the 1997 Constitution. "If I just think in...

    Politics
  • September 20, 2014

    State units 'spent Bt8 bn on ads' in 2013

    ... and Telecommunications Commission. A comparative analysis of the spending on advertising to highlight politicians and civil servants by the Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra administrations found that Abhisit's regime used 7 per cent of its total ad budget on this type of adverts, while for Yingluck's government...

    Business
  • September 19, 2014

    PTT supports gradual fuel price increases

    ... the increases would slightly boost cost of living, given state programmes to assist low-income earners. Meanwhile, former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva warned that diesel price hikes may push up transportation and manufacturing cost. The benefits, through lower subsidies, may not compensate the disadvantages...

    Business
  • September 17, 2014

    NCPO strengthens its position with more top brass

    ... was appointed as deputy spokesman. Sansern was previously a spokesman for the Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation under the Abhisit Vejjajiva government and was responsible for handling the red-shirt protests in 2010. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has proposed a reshuffle of senior officials...

    Politics
  • September 15, 2014

    Far South peace talks 'must include all groups'

    DEMOCRAT PARTY leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and a former Muslim MP have voiced their support for continued dialogue between security authorities and insurgents based in the far South after the military's seizure of power in May. However, clearer rules and preconditions and internal arrangements need to be agreed on...

    National
  • September 15, 2014

    Govt warned of 'fishy' deals like microphones for the Cabinet

    ... and provincial governors on Wednesday when the prime |minister would inform them of the government's policies. Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva urged the government to ensure transparency in spending state funds for all projects. He said the public wanted transparency most in the use of "central funds...

    Politics
  • September 14, 2014

    Queen's guards minding Prayuth's back

    ..., has provided security for him since he became the Army commander-in-chief in 2010. Ekdanai also was in the security detail of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The new PM's bodyguards are mostly from the regiment's Second Infantry Battalion. They are divided into two teams, with each one headed by an Army...

    Politics
  • September 14, 2014

    'Men in black sought millions to reveal name of mastermind'

    ... the violent - sometimes deadly - attacks during the 10 weeks of street protests by red shirts protesters against the Democrat-led government led by Abhisit Vejjajiva four years ago. Thaworn served as deputy interior minister during the government's tenure. Thaworn said four of the "men in black" demanded Bt5...

    Politics
  • September 13, 2014

    Thailand slammed for income disparity, but US doing much worse

    Then, one year ago, Associated Press reported that the top 1 per cent in the US earned more than 19 per cent of US household income, and that the top 10 per cent earned a record 48.2 per cent of total US income. So I shut up about Thai income inequity. Since 2009, some 95 per cent of US income gains...

    Opinion