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  • October 1, 2014

    New Army chief vows no coup

    ... vowed yesterday there would be no military coup to oust the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration. "There won't be [a coup], be it by those [in power] now or in the future. The commanders have a common understanding and everyone is moving in the same direction," he said. Udomdej made the remark in reply...

    Politics
  • September 30, 2014

    Koh Tao party zone plan amid security concerns

    ..."Koh Tao Model", is a response to the unsolved murder of two British backpackers on the island this month. "The island has no areas for tourists to party or hold events, so this should help prevent underestimating the problem," she said. Kobkarn said the Tourism and Sports Ministry was also considering...

    National
  • September 29, 2014

    Curbing party leaders' influence

    PROMINENT academics and researchers have targeted the influence that political party financiers have over MPs as a main area in political reform that needs to be changed, suggesting that financiers' party contributions be capped. According to democratic principles, an MP's duty is to represent his or her...

    Politics
  • September 29, 2014

    Tanasak tells UN why Army took control of the country

    ... as well as the danger of more turmoil, Tanasak said, adding there was a very real possibility of bloodshed. "The opposing political parties were given the chance to save democracy, but they failed because they were unwilling to compromise for the sake of the country. This chain of unfortunate events...

    Politics
  • September 26, 2014

    New Indonesian leader hits out over democratic roll-back

    The outgoing legislature voted early Friday to scrap the local polls, a heavy blow for Widodo, who rose to power through the system and whose party had campaigned against the proposal. The new law takes away the peopleโ s right to choose mayors, provincial governors and district heads across the archipelago, and...

    Aec
  • September 25, 2014

    Govt accused of blocking debate over MP's coal-fired plant

    ... the plants public so that he and other MPs can convey their stance to the parliament - where one MP from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party owns the company that the government says will build one of the plants. A1 Group is owned by Yan Win, the USDP MP who represents Maubin constituency...

    Aec
  • September 21, 2014

    Chasing the right dream

    One questions what is under discussion: How many political parties does Thailand need If there are too many parties, the democratic power becomes diluted without enough concentrated political power to rule efficiently. With too few parties, power becomes too concentrated and can threaten democracy itself. In many European countries there...

    Opinion
  • September 21, 2014

    Abhisit enjoys a surge in popularity: Bangkok poll

    ... by 5.6 per cent - from 18.4 in March to 24 now. Yingluck's popularity had plunged by 4.5 per cent - from 22.3 per cent to 18.4 per cent. Most people want the Prayuth government to complete its mission in all areas, even if it takes more than a year. Of the 1,170 respondents, 66 per cent wanted the...

    Politics
  • September 18, 2014

    Reform is fine, but don't ignore democratic principles

    ... state". The NDC's rationale behind this proposal is to ensure that the country has a mechanism to help competent and honest politicians to acquire power. And here they are talking about both lawmakers and bureaucrats. This proposal, however, has irked democracy advocates. Even if the National Council...

    Politics
  • September 18, 2014

    Prayuth rules out forming a political party

    There were rumours that Prayuth may form a political party, which would be seen as an move by some military factions to create a lasting influence. "I want to assure you that we only came to solve problems and help the country progress; we have never had any political agenda and never thought of creating...

    Politics