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  • April 21, 2015

    Charter will promote unity, reconciliation, CDC says

    ... proportional (MMP) election system. It was intended to prevent political conflicts that have lead to violence and bloodshed, which have dogged Thai politics for the best part of a decade. "It will create an election system that has no single dominant party - or [where] each local province [will not...

  • April 19, 2015

    NRC to debate rewritten version of draft charter

    ... parties, which have not ruled out election boycotts, Reuters reported. "Now isn't the time to say whether or not we'll run for elections," said Pheu Thai Party politician Samart Kaewmeechai, a former lawmaker. "There's still time for the CDC to fix a major part - to make it a democracy that can be...

  • April 16, 2015

    Ex-MPs 'involved' in bomb blast

    ... in a way that will trigger a new round of conflict," he said, adding that all Thais were simply looking forward to peace and a general election. Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard yesterday lashed out at Phra Suthep's speculation, saying that if the monk who is a former MP from Surat Thani knew...

  • April 15, 2015

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

    ... how non-partisan is the judicial branch The recent challenge over the last few years was that most of cases submitted to the EC dealt with the Pheu Thai Party, [which led the EC to be seen as having a negative attitude toward Pheu Thai]. HAVE ELECTIONS BECOME MORE TRANSPARENT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS...

  • April 13, 2015

    Camera shows suspects driving to plant bomb

    ... fire was in military custody and would possibly be handed over to police if there is solid evidence against him. Worachai Hema, a former Pheu Thai Party MP, said the man, Narin Amnongbua, whose Facebook name is M Redshirt, could have been a wannabe or merely seeking notoriety. "Don't link him [as a...

  • April 12, 2015

    Koh Samui blast 'political'

    ... 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 were later discharged...

  • April 10, 2015

    Charter drafters firm on preventing 'one-man rule'

    ... of a political deadlock. "You need to ask Abhisit [Vejjajiva, Democrat Party leader], Somchai [Wongsawat, former PM] and Bhokin [Bhalakula, Pheu Thai member] if they will vote for [an outsider to become the PM]," he said. Although most CDC members support a national referendum for the charter, the chairman...

  • April 9, 2015

    PM appoints official team to enforce new order

    ... of national reform, who want to change the country's ruling system or who create a scene or political situation. He rejected the proposal of the Pheu Thai Party to get all political groups to sign a memorandum of understanding to end the political conflicts. If all parties respect the law and the government...

  • April 7, 2015

    Divisions remain over EC's power

    ... public would be part of scrutinising the entire election process to determine whether it is free and fair, Jade said. However, a politician from Pheu Thai Party and a former election commissioner labelled the plan regressive in light of the 1997 and 2007 constitutions, which gave the EC the full authority...

  • April 6, 2015

    Fear of international backlash on Article 44

    ... Its impact still remains to be seen on a case-by-case basis as to whether it is legitimate or not, he said. The idea of Worachai Hema, former Pheu Thai MP from Samut Prakan, of having opposing parties sign a memorandum of understanding to help solve the political conflict had some merit. "Personally...