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  • May 23, 2015

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

    ... arrested and brought to a military barracks for attitude adjustment. Many purely academics activities were banned and suppressed. "Impeaching Pheu Thai politicians showed their intention is to destroy rival political factions. "These are all part of the plan to ensure this coup 'does not go to waste...

    Politics
  • May 23, 2015

    Dozens arrested in anti-coup protests in Bangkok, Khon Kaen

    ... committed to attend it were not pressured to back down. The group accused Prayut for using violence to scrap the constitution and overthrow the Pheu Thai government. "This constitutes treason, as stipulated in Article 113 of the Criminal Code," Pansak said. Prayut was also accused of sabotaging...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    May 22 coup pre-planned or provoked by the situation

    ... that they could not run the country. That led him to make a decision. He saw the need to seize control of power," Paiboon added. The previous Pheu Thai-led administration was in a disarray after then-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was ousted by a court order for abuse of power, in connection with her...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    Rights NGO releases figures on detainees

    ... invitations for coffee or meals with Army officers. Those summoned or contacted by the NCPO include 278 people who have affiliations with Pheu Thai Party and the red-shirt movement; 41 who are linked with the Democrat Party and the People's Democratic Reform Committee; and 176 academics, activists, students...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    Thaksin wants strong support base before contemplating return home

    ... regrettable that politics is moving backwards only in Thailand when advances are being made across the world. "I want to clone the DNA of the Thai democracy. I want to take it [DNA] into the 'Thaksin lab' to make a stronger and better democracy." Meanwhile, General Prayut has told the American...

    Politics
  • May 21, 2015

    Political parties run by the people, not patriarchs

    ... leader for a fourth time. A few days later, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra told Reuters there was no plan for his son Panthongtae to lead the Pheu Thai Party, whose government was ousted by a military coup in May last year. Thaksin's political parties have won every general election since 2001...

    Opinion
  • May 21, 2015

    Delaying general election will put more pressure on junta

    ... by the international community, especially Western democratic countries such as the United States and the members of the European Union. Former Pheu Thai MP Chavalit Wichayasut said a price might have to be paid if the election is delayed. For example, Thailand is currently being boycotted by the US and...

    Politics
  • May 21, 2015

    'Referendum won't be mandatory'

    ... a new CDC if the charter draft were rejected by the public, saying the better option was to use the 1997 Constitution temporarily. Former Pheu Thai MP Wattana Muangsuk said that according to the government's statement, the referendum would be held if the NRC voted in favour of the charter draft. However...

    Politics
  • May 20, 2015

    Politics taking on a LIFE OF ITS OWN

    ... settled just one question but did not give us any strong hints of what will happen next. She's not running away, for now, but as some senior Pheu Thai members have said, nobody can tell what the future will bring. The Supreme Court ordered her to stay in Thailand and attend every hearing, but if she really...

    Opinion
  • May 20, 2015

    No plan to mobilise red shirts: Thaksin

    ... Thaksin, who was in Seoul to speak at a conference, said there was no plan for his son Panthongtae "Oak" Shinawatra to take over leadership of the Pheu Thai Party. He called on Thai people not to resort to violence. "No, we want to see the government be a success, but it's difficult, as you can imagine...

    Politics