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  • August 20, 2014

    World 'won't accept' brass as foreign minister

    ... Party, which was a coalition partner in Prem Tinsulanonda and later Chartichai Choonhavan's Cabinets. Prasong Soonsiri, a squadron leader, and Thaksin Shinawatra, who holds the title of lieutenant colonel in the police force, used to serve as foreign minister, but in the capacity of a professional politician...

    Politics
  • August 20, 2014

    Budget panel tells officials to be prudent

    .... Meanwhile, General Paiboon Koomchaya, chief of legal affairs for the NCPO, denied the junta was planning to give amnesty to ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Media reports had earlier been circulated that the junta would conduct a survey to see whether the public accepted giving amnesty to people...

    Politics
  • August 19, 2014

    NCPO won't mess with amnesty: Paiboon

    ... see if the public would find it acceptable to absolve the cases. In the online report, which has been removed, Paiboon did not mention former PM Thaksin Shinawatra by name, but several newspapers interpreted his reported words as meaning that the NCPO was contemplating an amnesty for politicians. An...

    Politics
  • August 19, 2014

    Kingdom at crossroads, foreign experts warn

    ..., he said. Political phenomenon Calling for military intervention as a political strategy is a political phenomenon that emerged after Thaksin Shinawatra came to power and is part of "the vicious cycle", he pointed out. Knuth explained that there was a five-step pattern to the cycle: dictatorship...

    Politics
  • August 18, 2014

    Mystified at Western reports on Thai crisis

    ..., nepotism and the all overriding self-interest that has been the hallmark of the governments under the patronage of the Shinawatra family. Thaksin and his sister Yingluck have virtually stolen billions of dollars from the Thai people. And as if this wasn't enough, Yingluck launched a system that deprived...

    Opinion
  • August 18, 2014

    Backing for move to curb populism

    ... campaigns to educate voters about the pros and cons of such tactics before they go to the ballots. Extensive populism was first adopted by Thaksin Shinawatra when his Thai Rak Thai Party contested an election for the first time in 2001. Its populist policies helped his party win the election and for him...

    Politics
  • August 18, 2014

    Junta has started well, but next phase tougher: Abhisit

    ... will be in the content, the best way to gauge the acceptance is a national referendum, he said. The Democrat leader also believed ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra still wants an amnesty law, but such a blanket amnesty law is unlikely to be passed because it would create turmoil, as it did last year. ...

    Politics
  • August 18, 2014

    Paiboon denies NCPO plans to pass amnesty bill for politicians

    ... amnesty in certain cases. In the report, which Thairath Online has now removed from its website, Paiboon did not mention former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra but several newspapers interpreted his reported wording as implying that the NCPO was contemplating an amnesty for Thaksin. Paiboon cried foul Monday...

    Politics
  • August 18, 2014

    Paiboon denies NCPO plans to pass amnesty bill for politicians

    ... amnesty in certain cases. In the report, which Thairath Online has now removed from its website, Paiboon did not mention former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra but several newspapers interpreted his reported wording as implying that the NCPO was contemplating an amnesty for Thaksin. Paiboon cried foul Monday...

    Breakingnews
  • August 17, 2014

    Anti-coup people aren't fans of Thaksin or Yingluck

    ... support what he did. But they are against the death penalty, which they think is inhumane. Same as anti-coup people in Thailand. They are not Thaksin's and Yingluck's fans, nor do they support what the two did. But they are against military coups, which they think is against the majority will, criminal...

    Opinion