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  • August 29, 2015

    With Somkid, Prayut takes an unprecedented gamble

    ...", virtually immune to impeachment and criminal charges. In contrast to routine practice in countries from South Korea to Canada, not a single Thai minister has ever resigned his post to take responsibility for a blunder occurring under his jurisdiction. Prayut was facing a no-win situation this week...

    Opinion
  • August 28, 2015

    New charter is progressive, drafters say

    .... Pakorn urged people to read every part of the draft because it's all connected and they will see how everything can truly be implemented. Pheu Thai representatives led by former Chiang Rai MP Samart Kaewmeechai submitted a letter to Thienchay Kiranandana, chief of the National Reform Council (NRC)...

    Politics
  • August 27, 2015

    Why the NRC will support the draft constitution

    ... National Council for Peace and Order. The NCPO wants a constitution that would not cause its coup in May last year to be "wasted", and it wants Thai politics to be completely changed from the period before the military's power seizure. First, the electoral system will be altered, with adoption of...

    Politics
  • August 27, 2015

    Pheu Thai submits opposition to draft charter to NRC

    Former Chiang Rai MP Samart Kaewmeecha, former party-list MP Chavalit Witchayasutthi and acting deputy party secretary general Preechapol Pongpanit submitted the letter to NRC President Thienchay Kiranandana. Samart said the draft would continue to suppress the people by perpetuating the power of the...

    Breakingnews
  • August 26, 2015

    Prayut irritated by attacks on charter draft as vote nears

    ... state" administration.The NRC is scheduled to vote on the draft on September 6. Last week, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Pheu Thai Party also criticised the draft charter as undemocratic. Yingluck claimed it did not link up with the people and gave more power to unelected groups than...

    Politics
  • August 24, 2015

    Bureaucratic and political reforms ARE INSEPARABLE

    ... of Special Investigation was convicted of malfeasance and sentenced to two years in jail, something that would have been impossible had the Pheu Thai government remained in power. That government had been accused of mistreating a former chief of the National Security Council. In between, a senior police official...

    Opinion
  • August 24, 2015

    Worst charter ever, Pheu Thai claims

    The charter drafters naturally disagree with that sentiment, as do lawmakers. Pheu Thai's former education minister Chaturon Chaisang posted eight reassons on Facebook yesterday why he opposes the draft. He said that the draft charter has undermined the essence of an election, and will create a government...

    Politics
  • August 24, 2015

    We need a coalition govt: Anek

    ... and to reconcile. Q: SO, IF THIS PROPOSAL IS PUSHED FORWARD, WE MAY SEE (DEMOCRAT PARTY LEADER) ABHISIT VEJJAJIVA AND KEY LEADERS OF THE PHEU THAI PARTY LIKE SURAPONG TOVICHAKCHAIKUL WORKING TOGETHER UNDER THE SAME GOVERNMENT A: It's possible, but it also depends on the politicians. They should act...

    Politics
  • August 20, 2015

    Theories full of holes versus the only thing that really matters

    ... a place of worship At present, two "theories" stand out as being most plausible. The first contends that the attack was "revenge" for the Thai government's deportation of 100-plus Uighur Muslims to China and an uncertain fate at the hands of the Beijing authorities. Leaked in-flight images of...

    Opinion
  • August 19, 2015

    Democracy in Thailand is all talk

    ... with Yingluck Shinawatra's complaint. "Having a selected group [make a decision for the people] is not truly democracy." Meanwhile a group of Pheu Thai MPs filed a complaint with the Constitution Drafting Committee, urging an amendment to the draft that would ensure sovereignty remained with the people. Is...

    Opinion