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Thai interim constitution gives absolute power to the junta

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Thai junta defends unlimited powers under interim constitution

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 5:51PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A new temporary constitution gives Thailand’s military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned 2015 election, and a senior army official says the junta leader could serve as interim premier. Thailand adopted the charter following the May 22 coup to allow an interim legislature and Cabinet to begin governing the...

Prabowo to challenge Indonesia election result

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:32PM UTC

Former general Prabowo Subianto will challenge the results of Indonesia's presidential election in the Constitutional Court after his rival Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo was declared the winner yesterday....

British experts to analyze flight MH17 black boxes

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 1:59PM UTC

LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister says black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators. ...

US congratulates Indonesia’s president-elect

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:17PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it looks forward to working with Joko Widodo who was elected Tuesday to become Indonesia's next president....

Areas of Chinese city quarantined for bubonic plague

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 11:55AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague. The Chinese news agency Xinhua said Tuesday that 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man...

Thailand’s junta adopts interim constitution

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:57PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has adopted a temporary constitution as the country makes its first step toward the slow return of electoral democracy after two months of military rule. The 48-article charter was announced Tuesday night after its posting on the website of the Royal Gazette, where new laws must be published. Its enactment is...

Thai interim constitution gives absolute power to the junta

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:45PM UTC View Comments

Last night, the 2014 interim constitution was gazetted (the original in Thai is available from here).* The interim constitution comprises 48 clauses that will be in use until the new constitution is drafted. See Saksith’s post here for his take on the interim constitution. If anyone spots any mistakes, please e-mail bangkokpundit@gmail.com or point out on...

Cambodian parties break deadlock, CNRP to take seats in Parliament

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 3:51PM UTC View Comments

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Leaders of Cambodia's ruling and opposition parties say they have reached an agreement to end a political deadlock since last year's contentious election....

Media and Malaysian tragedy: A look at coverage of MH17 and MH370

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 1:44PM UTC View Comments

Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian people suffered two shocking tragedies this year. The disappearance of flight MH370 continues to be a painful mystery, and the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine came as a another brutal shock, leaving many in Malaysia to ask "Why is this happening again?"...

Thailand introduces tough new overstay rules

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:27PM UTC View Comments

Thailand’s immigration crackdown continued today with authorities confirming that tough new rules on foreigners overstaying their visa or entry permit have now been put in place. ...

Analysis: Can Malaysia Airlines survive double tragedy?

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:07AM UTC View Comments

The tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on July 17 with 298 passengers and crew aboard, coupled with the mysterious disappearance of a second Boeing 777-200 into the Indian Ocean with the loss of 239 on March 8, could well doom the airline....

‘I’d never run’: Labor activist won’t flee Thailand defamation charges

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 12:46PM UTC View Comments

Activist Andy Hall is a man of principle. He’ll tell you that himself, especially when questioned about the mounting legal woes facing him in Thailand....

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