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  • August 27, 2015

    Why the NRC will support the draft constitution

    ... will be altered, with adoption of a mixed voting system unique to Thailand. The ceiling number of MPs will be based on the votes each political party wins. As a result, there would be only a slim chance of any political party winning a complete majority in the House of Representatives. This would almost certainly...

  • August 26, 2015

    Prayut irritated by attacks on charter draft as vote nears

    Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is the latest political figure to have openly slammed the draft, saying such a constitution would result in a "dual state" administration.The NRC is scheduled to vote on the draft on September 6. Last week, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Pheu Thai Party also...

  • August 24, 2015

    Worst charter ever, Pheu Thai claims

    ... Article 280 of the charter regarding a special power of the NSRRC would result in stricter regulations on future Cabinets. Former veteran Democrat MP Thawil Praison said Article 278 would prolong the power of the NCPO until the new government comes into office, saying it is normal for the constitution...

  • August 24, 2015

    We need a coalition govt: Anek

    ... WOULD IT BE LIKE A: If we can form such a government, it's highly likely that the government would be a grand coalition, under which two big parties come and join hands to form the government, plus some small and medium-sized parties. As this form of government needs about four-fifths of the vote from the MPs...

  • August 18, 2015

    NRC aims to create a 'primary vote' that produces 'good' MPs

    ... Committee (NRC)'s political reform panel on how to get better candidates for Parliament. The majority agreed with a proposed "primary vote" for party MP candidates. This proposal is part of the NRC's "Blueprint for Change" released to the public and handed to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o...

  • August 18, 2015

    Surin, Supachai 'not approached for new Cabinet'

    ... of the government. After ending his term as Asean chief in 2013, Surin has been busy with international speaking tours. He also heads a Democrat Party think-tank. A source close to Supachai told The Nation that contrary to press reports, the former WTO boss had not been approached - and even if Supachai...

  • August 18, 2015

    Yingluck echoes Thaksin's scorn

    ... not accept the charter draft and democracy enthusiasts should reject all undemocratic principles in it. Meanwhile, a group of former Pheu Thai Party MPs, led by Samart Kaewmeechai, filed a complaint with Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Borwornsak Uwanno to amend the charter draft by ensuring...

  • August 17, 2015

    Prince leads record bike ride

    ... Anupong Paochinda, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya and PM's Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvadhana were among the participants. Members of the Democrat, Pheu Thai and other political parties such as former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva also took part. According to Guinness World Records, participants had to follow the...

  • August 16, 2015

    Abhisit leads 150 Democrats to join Bike for Mom event

    Abhisit and the Democrats gathered at the Wat Parinayok School at the Phan Fah Bridge at 1:30 pm, waiting to join the procession of cyclists.

  • August 15, 2015

    Tarit's 'victim of the system' defence duly ignored

    ... a subordinate in 2012. A key figure in the country's political divide, Tarit courted controversy by switching allegiance depending on which party held the reins of power and since then offering the hollow defence that he had no choice in any of the actions he took - because he was only following orders...