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  • Thailand’s Senate election and the plan to impeach Yingluck

    By Apr 01, 2014

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    Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

    Senate elections have always had a relatively low turn-out – 55.61% in 2008 compared with around 75% turn-out in 2007 and 2011 for the lower House elections – but we had an even lower turn-out for Sunday’s Senate election. Below are details as of Monday, March 31 per Matichon for the Senate election: No of

  • Sukhumbhand: The sacrificial lamb and guilt by association

    By Mar 31, 2014

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    Sukhumbhand Paribatra. Pic: AP.

    The Bangkok Post: A source said five complaints were lodged against the Bangkok governor winner. The EC had given more weight to the complaint submitted by the Pheu Thai Party and former senator Ruangkrai Leekitwattana. In the complaint, Mr Ruangkrai accused senior Democrat executives and MPs including Suthep Thaugsuban and Jurin Laksanavisit of slandering Pol

  • Veera, Yingluck and the NACC

    By Mar 30, 2014

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    Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

    Veera in the Bangkok Post: Last week, the prime minister posted a long message on her Facebook page complaining she was treated unfairly by the NACC and questioned what she implied were the NACC’s double-standard practices. She pointed out that the normal practice of the NACC when approaching cases of alleged corruption, a fact-finding subcommittee

  • Thailand: Who is backing Suthep and what do they want?

    By Mar 26, 2014

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    Suthep Thaugsuban. Pic: AP.

    If the Establishment intend to remove Yingluck, so they have clear control over succession, through an impeachment and have an Appointed PM, BP sees no possibility of any neutral PM being accepted by the reds. It is the height of naïvety to think that there won’t protests.

  • Electoral problems for 3rd parties in Thailand: What is the future for Bhum Jai Thai?

    By Mar 25, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    A: Introduction: The weakening position of third parties Historically, Thailand has had a weak party system with the Democrats being the only constant party with other parties coming and going. This changed with Thaksin coming onto the scene with the pro-Thaksin party winning at least 47% of seats in the 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, and

  • PDRC intellectual Kaewsan: We will quash the reds if they protest in Bangkok

    By Mar 24, 2014

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    Kaewsan Atibhodi made a speech last night on the PDRS stage last night. Fellow blogger Kaewmala has translated his speech which BP has adopted below (emphasis added): “… Firstly, whenever the Redshirts, whether as a force within their party, an armed group, or a mass [rally], dare come and put a knife at the neck

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