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  • May 23, 2015

    Views from both sides of the divide on the military seizure of power

    Tankhun Jitt-itsara, a former Democrat MP and key member of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC): "I think people are happy with the country's security. However, people are anxious about the new charter. The junta needs to communicate with the public better because it is the key to their public relations...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    May 22 coup pre-planned or provoked by the situation

    However, people who witnessed first-hand the coup differ on whether it happened at the spur of the moment or was a well-plotted move. Veteran politician Suthep Thaugsuban, who led street protests against the pre-coup government, said he was convinced the power seizure resulted from thr Yingluck government's...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    Rights NGO releases figures on detainees

    The non-governmental organisation has been collecting data in relation to rights violations, including the suppression of people's freedom of expression, since the coup and released the figures yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the military's power seizure today. Since May 21 last year, the report said...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    Thaksin wants strong support base before contemplating return home

    ... he insisted that "violence is not the answer". In 2010, street protests in Bangkok by Thaksin's supporters led to unrest and riots. More than 90 people were killed and 2,000 others were injured in the weeks of violence. The ex-premier, who is living in exile overseas to avoid imprisonment at home...

    Politics
  • May 21, 2015

    Referendum on new charter: A DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE issue

    ... following a referendum. Last year's coup tore it up. Now that a new charter is to be drawn up in its place, it's only fair and logical that the people should be asked once again whether they approve the latest version. The premier, with absolute power as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO...

    Opinion
  • May 21, 2015

    Political parties run by the people, not patriarchs

    ... wake of three consecutive election defeats, former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced at the weekend that if he fails to guide the Democrat Party to victory in the next general election, he will step down as leader. Abhisit said he had no interest in being opposition leader for a fourth time...

    Opinion
  • May 21, 2015

    Delaying general election will put more pressure on junta

    ... and popularity of the junta with the general public. 'Public will lose confidence' Ekachai said that without an election, people would not feel confident and certain about the country's direction. Thus they are reluctant to spend money, and this can have a great negative impact on the economy...

    Politics
  • May 21, 2015

    Divisions still intense as reformers juggle with new charter

    ... to be proud of the inclusion of the term "citizens" in the draft charter. But NRC members criticised this and suggested the term be replaced with "people" or "individuals". The NRC also disagreed with a provision that would require a minimum one-third of women candidates in the party list of the proportional...

    Politics
  • May 20, 2015

    Parties prepared for election, key figures seek charter changes

    Aside from President Thein Sein, about 130 representatives from 68 parties, including the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and National League for Democracy, attended the meeting, said an official. Union Election CommissionÓ╣é s chairman Tin Aye and union ministers also joined the meeting. "As...

    Aec
  • May 19, 2015

    West misses the point about Isaan

    ... day. My heart is in the Northeast. The writer of the article seems to think that "the value of the vote" is the issue, but this is mistaken. People of the Northeast want more money, and voting is simply perceived as one way to get more money. Ironically, the majority of northeasterners have been short...

    Opinion