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  • Chalerm on whether there can be an Appointed PM

    By Apr 08, 2014

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    Chalerm Yubamrung. Pic: AP.

    On Monday, April 7, the page 3 political analysis from Thai Rath had the headline was เดินเข้าโหมด “นองเลือด” [Entering into the "bloodshed" mode] and the focus was on what Chalerm outlining the situation to be. Chalerm states that when the Constitutional Court decided to void the Feb 2 election, the PDRC immediately came out to oppose

  • Baker on the chance of a negotiated outcome to the Thai political crisis

    By Apr 07, 2014

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    VOA: Chris Baker, an author and commentator on Thai politics, says once extreme views on both sides are set aside, negotiations may be possible. “You have on one side, the red side, saying we want to preserve the principle of elections because that’s the way we think we can get change,” he said. “On the

  • Impeachment is meant to be difficult and rare

    By Apr 07, 2014

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    Suthichai Yoon in an op-ed in The Nation a few days ago: Senators’ duties as stipulated by the Constitution are to endorse those nominated to such important agencies as the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Constitutional Court and a host of other “independent bodies” with highly influential roles to play to keep the executive branch from exercising

  • What happens to the Cabinet if Yingluck is removed?

    By Apr 03, 2014

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    After some previous posts looking at this issue, BP has taken another look. The two ways to remove Yingluck are through impeachment under Section 274 (but this taking longer than expected so seems less likely) OR because she did a prohibited act (seemingly more likely now), but under both Yingluck’s ministership is terminated under Section

  • The so-called ‘crazy’ and ‘ridiculous’ scenario

    By Apr 02, 2014

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    Former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva. Pic: AP.

    In December 2008, the Constitutional Court dissolved the pro-Thaksin PPP. Abhisit and Korn then met with the US Ambassador Eric G. John. Below is an excerpt from 08BANGKOK3529_a:* 1. (C) The Constitutional Court on December 2 issued a ruling that dissolved the People’s Power Party and two other coalition parties, stripping the Prime Minister and other party executive board

  • The reason why the Thai establishment likes Appointed Senators

    By Apr 02, 2014

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    Anti-government demonstrators wave national flags while chanting slogans during a rally against an amnesty bill in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Pic: AP.

    The Bangkok Post: Appointed senator Somchai Sawaengkarn said the voting patterns of appointed senators show that 60 of the 73 appointed senators are in the anti-government camp. The remaining 13 are believed to be aligned with the government, Mr Somchai said. BP: The 1997 Constitution provided for a fully-elected Senate, but the Establishment could not

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