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  • January 27, 2015

    US: Impeachment 'politically driven'

    The United States yesterday branded the former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's impeachment as being "politically driven" and called on the junta to lift martial law as well as push for "inclusive" reform toward democracy. US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel...

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  • January 27, 2015

    Unusual circumstances open door to unusual occurrences

    ... considering the negative impacts of its policies will do so again - albeit next time with compassion. Meanwhile, few among those who oppose the Shinawatras will understand that corruption is rooted deep in Thai culture and can only be eradicated if all elements in society join hands, instead of holding protests...

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  • January 25, 2015

    Fugitive academic taunts Panthongtae

    FUGITIVE ACADEMIC Somsak Jeamteerasakul yesterday "laughed off" Panthongtae Shinawatra's apparent move to stir protests over the impeachment of his aunt, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Yingluck will be banned from politics for five years after the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) voted...

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  • January 25, 2015

    Members in the dark on future of Pheu Thai

    ... the slogan "Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai delivers". The impeachment of Yingluck on Friday bans her from politics for five years. It also puts the Shinawatras in a difficult position - whether they are prepared to nominate another family member, such as Thaksin's brother-in-law Somchai Wongsawat or Yingluck's...

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  • January 24, 2015

    Strong reaction to impeachment

    Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's impeachment yesterday was hailed by her opponents as the dawn of a new era, but characterised by her supporters as a new chapter that would ignite political violence and deepen division. Weng Tojirakarn, a red-shirt leader and ex-Pheu Thai MP, said he believes...

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  • January 24, 2015

    Vote to ban Yingluck heats up social media

    Besides relaying the Attorney General's statement in the morning, social media users, especially on Twitter, updated the counting of votes by the legislators live. Needless to say a lot of comments were made online before and after judgement time. After a news report said Yingluck wanted to hold...

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  • January 23, 2015

    Indictment decision questioned

    Norawit Lalang said National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) representative Wicha Mahakun answered the National Legislative Assembly's queries last Friday, revealing that the joint panel had decided to indict Yingluck. However, the prosecutors led by Wuthipong Wiboonwong told the media on Wednesday...

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  • January 19, 2015

    Yingluck to make closing statement to National Assembly in impeachment case

    Suriyasai said yesterday that during the closing statement, he believed Yingluck might try to "tie a political knot" concerning her next political move in order to pressure the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), should she be impeached. The closing statements on the rice-pledging scheme are scheduled...

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  • January 14, 2015

    Charter drafters seeking to create loopholes for the elite

    The fundamental principle for every democratic constitution is to guarantee that "sovereign power belongs to the people". Representatives of the people meaning individuals who are elected obtain a mandate from the election and can exercise such power through the National Assembly (Parliament), Council...

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  • December 30, 2014

    The general on the front line for political stability

    The first coup leader in over four decades to become the government head, Prayut has managed to maintain peace in the country, mainly through martial law that has been in effect since before the coup. The severe political conflict and violence that threatened to expand into large-scale fighting...

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