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  • Thailand’s Election Commission reluctant to hold February 2 poll

    By Jan 17, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    Thailand’s Election Commission has asked the caretaker government of interim Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to postpone the general election scheduled for February 2, voicing its concern over “violence and chaos” amid the ongoing anti-election protests.

  • Organized chaos: Thai anti-election protesters’ hardline faction

    By Jan 15, 2014

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    Uthai and Nititorn Pic. Post Today

    With the ongoing protests escalating again, anti-election protesters spread out across Bangkok this week in their much-touted “shutdown”, further putting pressure on the caretaker government of interim Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign and to cancel the elections scheduled for February 2. Various factions inside the protest movement have also mobilised. One group in particular drew

  • Tongue-Thai’ed!: Whistle blown on Abhisit’s spurious pleas for reform

    By Jan 09, 2014

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    Thailand opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva seen during anti-government protests in November. Pic: AP.

    This is part XXIV of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. Ever since deciding not to compete in the upcoming snap-elections on February 2 after a lot of meandering, the implosion of the opposition Democrat

  • Thailand’s NACC ruling: Why it happened and what it means

    By Jan 08, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will charge 308 lawmakers, most from interim Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party, for proposed amendments to the country’s constitution adding more uncertainty over its candidates for the upcoming federal election on February 2. The proposed changes would have changed the Senate into a fully-elected chamber with 200 members, whereas

  • Thailand: Suthep supporters occupy Asia Society poll

    By Jan 06, 2014

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    Suthep Thaugsuban. Pic: AP.

    After successfully occupying a number of government ministries and even the grounds of Government House in Bangkok last month, Thailand’s anti-government protesters have launched an audacious, and so far successful, bid to take over Asia Society’s 2013 Person of the Year poll.

  • Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 5: What else happened in Thailand…?

    By Dec 31, 2013

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    Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 5: What else happened in Thailand…?

    This is the final part of our Siam Voices 2013 year in review, as we look what else made headlines in Thailand in the past 12 months – including the strange, outrageous and ridiculous. You can read the previous parts here: Part 1: Politics - Part 2: Lèse Majesté & the media - Part 3: The Rohingya - Part 4: Education and

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