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  • March 15, 2014

    EC will speed up probes into Yingluck, Yaowapa cases

    ... accused of providing free transport to polling booths during a by-election in Chiang Mai, he said. Four members of the EC were ready to issue a verdict in Yaowapa's case, but the fifth member, Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, needed more time, he said. Boonsong also said the EC needed more information to back the allegation commissioner Somchai made against some key members of the Pheu Thai Party who appeared on...

    Politics
  • March 14, 2014

    EC will speed up probes into Yingluck, Yaowapa cases

    ... accused of providing free transport to polling booths during a by-election in Chiang Mai, he said. Four members of the EC were ready to issue a verdict in Yaowapa's case, but the fifth member, Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, needed more time, he said. Boonsong also said the EC needed more information to back the allegation commissioner Somchai made against some key members of the Pheu Thai Party who appeared on...

    Politics
  • March 7, 2014

    Other nations need to know the latest: Surapong

    He said other countries needed to understand that the governments of Thaksin Shinawatra, Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat had similarly been ousted by the same people who are now part of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). "I will also write to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to tell him that there is a movement in Thailand that keeps toppling governments," he said. Meanwhile...

    Politics
  • March 6, 2014

    Other countries need to know the latest: Surapong

    He said other countries needed to understand that the governments of Thaksin Shinawatra, Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat had similarly been ousted by the same people who are now part of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). "I will also write to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to tell him that there is a movement in Thailand that keeps toppling governments," he said. THE...

    Breakingnews
  • March 1, 2014

    A message to Yingluck: don't budge an inch

    ... such conditions. If they want you out, let them drag the Army into staging a coup. Or they can conspire with the Constitutional Court to oust you, as they did with premiers Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat. Apparently the Army and the court are too full of shame to screw up the country again. Now the hot potato has fallen into the hand of the Anti-Corruption Commission. Let the agency nit-pick at your record...

    Opinion
  • March 1, 2014

    Court faults Abhisit over sacking of police chief

    ... dismissal of Patcharawat, who was national police chief in October 2008 when police cracked down on protesters gathering near the Parliament. The protesters had rallied against then-prime minister Somchai Wongsawat. In December 2009, the Police Commission found Patcharawat did not in fact commit severe disciplinary wrongdoing in connection with the incident, as had been alleged. Patcharawat said in a petition...

    Politics
  • February 27, 2014

    Negotiations on the cards Never let a good crisis go to waste

    ... fresh mini-round of talks between the government and the PDRC on Monday in the wake of rising fear of growing violence may have sparked some new hope, however tentative. Election Commission member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Justice Thawatchai Thaikiew arranged a meeting at the Justice Ministry between PDRC leader Phra Buddha Issara and Somchai Wongsawat, a former prime minister and key member...

    Opinion
  • February 27, 2014

    The tragedy grows, but does either side want resolution

    ... both are engaged in a zero-sum game in which the winner takes all. Phra Buddha Issara, a Buddhist monk who is a PDRC leader, wrote in his Facebook page about his talks with former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat from the ruling party. He was supposed to keep the meeting secret until after both sides had reached an accord. Earlier, Suthep Thaugsuban, the top PDRC leader, also disclosed details of his military...

    Politics
  • February 26, 2014

    Talks offer glimmer of hope

    ... in jeopardy after one side broke a promise not to prematurely reveal the contents to the public. In an attempt to break through the political impasse and stop the violence, Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn and deputy permanent secretary of justice Thawatchai Thaikhiew arranged a meeting on Monday at the Justice Ministry office in the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road. The two...

    Politics
  • February 25, 2014

    PDRC rallies at offices tied to Shinawatras

    ... Toei district and asked officials to stop work and join their anti-government protest. Withaya also led protesters to the offices of M-Link Asia Corporation on Sukhumvit Soi 62. The firm is owned by Somchai and Yaowapha Wongsawat, the brother-in-law and sister of Thaksin. Protesters called on employees to stop work. PDRC members based at the Pathumwan rally site went in separate groups to the ministries of Industry;...

    Politics