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  • April 19, 2015

    NRC to debate rewritten version of draft charter

    ... the CDC members were successful in explaining and defending their positions. The amendment to the requirement governing the election of party-list candidates mirrors the constituency-based MP system. In another adjustment, the committee that would vet elected Senate candidates so they represent...

    Politics
  • April 17, 2015

    A Greek drama or a Greek tragedy

    ... stories about reality, told from different perspectives. The Greek drama is unfolding right now, because there is now a stand-off between the Greek people arguing that they can no longer bear the pain of austerity against a bunch of European ministers of finance who insist that Greece must obey what its previous...

    Opinion
  • April 17, 2015

    Elections may be held by end of April next year, EC reckons

    ... said the Election Commission would meet today to discuss organising election simulations so the public understands the new election system. Most people surveyed by the Political Development Council want the prime minister to be directly elected, the council's president, Theerapat Serirangsan, said. ...

    Politics
  • April 16, 2015

    Thais have reason to be disappointed with US

    ... interests to fit into the region as the opportunity arises, an adverse impact on the US plan to build a regional order looks inevitable. Thai people are disappointed at the lack of respect for Thailand from the US government. First, the US government, by leaving the post of ambassador to Thailand open...

    Opinion
  • April 16, 2015

    New charter does not address root cause of national conflict: Abhisit

    .... According to the former prime minister, this charter has not been designed to solve the root causes of political conflicts, namely abuse of power, destruction of democracy, and corruption. "Yet it seems like the drafters [Constitution Drafting Committee members] are afraid of democracy. Aren't...

    Politics
  • April 16, 2015

    Beating corruption needs strong action and enhanced scrutiny

    Many people are calling for Prayut, in his capacity as leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to use his widespread powers under Article 44 of the provisional charter. For them, this absolute power could be applied easily to tackle the deep-rooted problem of corruption. They expect Prayut to act swiftly...

    Politics
  • April 15, 2015

    Non-partisan agency necessary to hold elections, says EC's Somchai

    ... be non-partisan and work for the public interest. But in reality, the appointment of senior officials highly involves the consent of political parties. For instance, local politicians often have a say in the appointment of senior police officers. Appointing members of the election-organising committee...

    Politics
  • April 14, 2015

    Does Saudi Arabia have a game plan for Yemen

    ... type of a campaign for very long, and no clear exit strategy either. It would be folly of tremendous proportions to join in. Collapsing state power, of which Yemen is only the latest example, is presenting us with unique challenges to which nobody appears to have found any credible solution. Supporting...

    Opinion
  • April 13, 2015

    Abhisit worried about prolonged sluggish economy

    The former prime minister said the Prayut government is not using the right measures to deal with the economic woes and has damaged the people's confidence by hinting about tax increases. The Nation

    Breakingnews
  • April 12, 2015

    Koh Samui blast 'political'

    ..., security has been beefed up at popular tourist destinations in the South, including Phuket, Hat Yai and Samui after the incident. Seven people, including a 12-year-old Thai-Italian girl, were injured in the car bomb at the underground parking area of Central Festival department store. All of the wounded...

    Politics