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  • More than half of the junta-appointed NLA are military officers

    By Aug 01, 2014

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    btw, Saksith has a nice infographic here. AP: The dominance of active and retired military officers in the legislative body reinforces the army’s hold on power in the run-up to the 2015 polls. The junta, officially called the National Council for Peace and Order, has already granted itself what amounts to supreme power over political

  • How much power will Prayuth have in Thailand’s new government?

    By Jul 31, 2014

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    How much power will Prayuth have in Thailand’s new government?

    On July 10, Suthichai Yoon had an op-ed in The Nation entitled “General Prayuth’s dilemma: A single, dual or triple role?”. Key excerpts: In one way, he doesn’t want to be seen as the “Supreme Leader”. But then, since he has decided to take the plunge, he will have to see the mission through – and

  • Democrat deputy leader: Puea Thai will win the next election

    By Jul 29, 2014

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    Democrat deputy leader: Puea Thai will win the next election

    Yesterday in the Bangkok Post: BP is unsure of the exact source of the above quote, but it is likely based on the Facebook post made by Nipit on July 26 entitled “Ideals and reality” (อุดมคติ กับ ความจริง) where he stated that: -Today, I attended a religious event [in my local area] and after that I

  • Prayuth announces 7.2% export growth in June; Commerce Ministry says growth only 3.9%

    By Jul 28, 2014

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    Prayuth on July 18, 2014: On exports, the export value for June 2014 has continually expanded at 7.2% as compared to the value for the same period of last year. This is a result of the continual expansion of exports of goods to key trading partner countries, especially countries in the EU and ASEAN. As

  • Should everyone be happy with the balance of power in Thailand?

    By Jul 28, 2014

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    Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

    Prayuth on Friday per the Bangkok Post: The interim charter is now in effect following the declaration of its promulgation in the Royal Gazette on Tuesday. “Everyone should be happy that there is a balance of power between the government and the NCPO,” he said. He was responding to criticism that Section 44 of the

  • Thai interim constitution gives absolute power to the junta

    By Jul 23, 2014

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    Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

    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

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