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  • 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

  • Abhisit: Amnesty for coup leaders is normal

    By Jul 22, 2014

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    Leader of the Democrat Party Abhisit Vejjajiva wave to anti-government protesters during rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday. Pic: AP.

    ThaiPBS had this slightly confusingly worded article: Former Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva warned the National Council for Peace and Order to not introduce any broad-ranging amnesty law which will cover more offenders rather than the coup makers otherwise there may be chaos. He pointed out that the last political conflict in this country was

  • Prayuth on democracy in Thailand

    By Jul 21, 2014

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

    Prayuth on Friday night as per the MFA translation: Thai people hope to see a good future for the country whereby benefits are distributed equally to all—not only to certain groups. They hope to see the return to a strengthened democratic system—with proper institutions to safeguard the principles of rule of law and legal state, true public

  • Washington Post to Obama: Don’t accept a phony democracy in Thailand

    By Jul 21, 2014

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    President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday en route to South Korea. Pic: AP.

    The Washington Post in an editorial: Despite the army’s desperate attempt to win over the public — through a “happiness” campaign of free haircuts, concerts and World Cup telecasts — these autocratic reforms will be rejected by a majority of the country. The rural poor, having lived through two coups and two major protest crackdowns,

  • Thai junta to media: Criticize us and we will shut you down

    By Jul 20, 2014

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    Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a press conference. Pic: AP.

    The junta issued a new edict on Friday. Below is summarized translation (full Thai in parenthesis and mostly complete translation, but just too long in parts for 100% complete and full translation): Announcement of the National Council for Peace and Order No. 97/2557 (ประกาศคณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ ฉบับที่ 97/2557) Subject: Cooperating together in the undertaking of work by

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