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  • March 25, 2015

    Abhisit wants Anupong, Thawil to testify

    ... then-Army chief General Anupong Paochinda and then-National Security Council chief Thawil Pliansri. Bandit Siriphan and Ramet Rattanachaweng, Abhisit's lawyers, brought along six boxes of records, photos, compact discs and defence statements to the NACC's office to rebut charges of malfeasance against...

  • March 25, 2015

    Welcome to the reform merry-go-round

    The answer is, they have no idea how the country should be reformed and moved forward. Let's start with Abhisit. There are good points and missed ones in the ex-prime minister's latest remarks on the ongoing drafting of the new Constitution. Among the good ones are his concern for the future status of big...

  • March 21, 2015

    Abhisit and Suthep 'must explain dispersal of red shirts'

    Abhisit and Suthep have been accused of mishandling the bloody crackdown on supporters of the red shirts' United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship. At least 99 people were killed over a two-month period. Parnthep said Abhisit and Suthep must either make their clarifications in person or in writing...

  • March 20, 2015

    A blunder that could come back to haunt the govt

    .... Nattatida was a key witness in the 2010 Wat Pathum Wanaram shootings when soldiers allegedly fired at civilians during the stand-off between the Abhisit Vejjajiva government and the red shirts. The shootings at the wat marked one of the darkest moments in Thailand's recent history of political turmoil. Nattatida...

  • March 13, 2015

    A sigh for relief as property tax is put on hold

    ... value of the land goes up, so would the tax rate. Both Kittiratt Na-Ranong, a former finance minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra government, and Abhisit Vejjajiva, the head of Democrat Party and a former premier, oppose a tax being levied on homes. They argue that many people living in prime locations would...

  • March 12, 2015

    Try conducting a 'happiness' poll in the rural areas

    ... voters live in abject misery over their lack of opportunities - the results would likely be very different. Likewise we might ask Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva why his party has failed time and again to win votes in deprived areas of Thailand. The answer could be that government leaders who live in Bangkok...

  • March 11, 2015

    Country trapped in tunnel vision over PM's selection

    ... MPs: Chatichai Choonhavan, Chuan Leekpai, Banharn Silapa-archa, Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, Thaksin Shinawatra, Samak Sundaravej, Somchai Wongsawat, Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra. You don't need to be a historian to know what happened to them. Coups dethroned Chatichai, Thaksin and Yingluck. Samak was ousted...

  • March 10, 2015

    Democracy Keep it simple and true

    At the same time, Abhisit Vejjajiva has declared the draft charter to be undemocratic. No surprise there: Having been educated in the UK, Abhisit is one person who does understand what constitutes democracy. The US, on the other hand, would be pleased to see Thai democracy returned to a point before the most recent coup...

  • March 10, 2015

    Abhisit disagrees with plan to collect text on houses

    Abhisit said many people, who are not rich, may have been living in their houses before the prices have increased because of developments. He said the tax collection might prompt them to leave their houses as they may not be afford paying the tax. The Nation

  • March 5, 2015

    Don't let Constitution open loophole to a fresh crisis

    ... political impasse that might have been avoided, some say, had we had the option of appointing a prime minister who was not a member of Parliament. Abhisit Vejjajiva, former prime minister and Democrat Party leader, has backed calls for clarity in the new Constitution over exactly who would be empowered to appoint...