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  • April 12, 2014

    Another populist setback may be looming

    ... tax refund even more doubtful are figures showing that a large proportion of buyers live in cities where traffic and pollution are becoming more and more of a problem. To say that the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra administration has been expert in introducing populist measures flies in the face of the facts, which reveal that most of its populist policies have bred more trouble than social benefit. Apart...

    Opinion
  • April 12, 2014

    A mountain ready to crumble

    ... tune of billions (of dollars, not baht) Not likely. Imminent corruption cases threaten the very stability of Thailand. How imminent is it that the NACC is likely to recommend impeachment of Yingluck The ensuing political crisis that it involves is ominous, since now militant red shirts prepare to keep their "puppet-girl" installed in power at all costs. Meanwhile, anti-government supporters continue...

    Opinion
  • April 12, 2014

    Not even Prem has the magic touch

    It's distressing that Privy Council president and respected statesman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda says not even he would be able to find middle ground between PM Yingluck and anti-government-protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban. It shows that, unlike in previous times of crisis, this time there is no magic formula to bring peace to the conflict. During the Black May violence of 1992, the leaders of the opposing...

    Opinion
  • April 12, 2014

    PM misses Prem meeting

    Caretaker Prime Minister and Defence Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was absent yesterday from a gathering to pay their respects to Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda, leaving only commanders of the Armed Forces with him. Supreme Commander General Tanasak Patimapragorn led Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, Navy Commander Admiral Narong...

    National
  • April 12, 2014

    Critics divided on independent bodies and the extent of their powers

    ... of Chiang Mai University's Law Faculty Somchai Silpapreechakul, says the exercising of power by the Constitutional Court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) against caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra is beyond their bounds of power and should be regarded judicial intervention. However, opponents think not. Somchai acknowledges that Thai society is still unfamiliar with the notion of...

    Politics
  • April 12, 2014

    Yingluck opts for a quiet holiday break

    ... first Songkran as prime minister in 2012, after taking office late the previous year, she presided over the opening of New Year celebrations in her home town. Then, with her son Supasek Amornchat, Yingluck got in the back of a six-wheel truck and joined in water-throwing activities. She had so much fun that her makeup was washed off by the water. Last year, she presided over a similar event but just let...

    Politics
  • April 12, 2014

    PM urges anti-graft agency to hear two more witnesses

    Norawit Larlaeng, a lawyer authorised by Yingluck, said the two witnesses were Ampon Kittiampon, secretary to the prime minister, and Somchai Sujjapongse, director of the Fiscal Policy Office. He said the two witnesses would make the investigation "more complete".

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    Thais must resist being dragged into the escalating war of words

    ... make a similar ruling to the one handed down by the Supreme Administrative Court in the case of National Security Council secretary-general Thawil Pliensri, who challenged caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's order to remove him from his post. The Supreme Administrative Court ruled last month that Yingluck must reinstate Thawil on the grounds that her order to transfer him was unlawful and involved nepotism...

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    Police to seek arrest warrant for key red shirt

    ... journalist has gone viral. CAPO said its examination of the clip found that Ko Tee's interview might violate the lese majeste law in Article 112 of the Penal Code. Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered police to take legal action against those involved in this case. The centre also warned the public not to share or distribute the clip or they could be prosecuted under both the lese...

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    Slain general's widow vows to continue fight for justice

    ... don't match. "Yet, I will never give up. I insist on fighting for as long as the wrongdoers do not admit their guilt. Doesn't matter how long that takes. I can wait for justice. "The day that PM Yingluck [Shinawatra] said she wasn't being treated fairly by the National Anti-Corruption Commission with regards to the rice-pledging scheme, I chuckled inside because when other people called on her for justice...

    Politics