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Former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva. Pic: AP.

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

By Wed, Apr 02, 2014 2:00PM UTC Comments Off 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...

PAD have a new hero and his name is… Suthep

By Sat, Nov 30, 2013 6:45PM UTC 1 Comment PAD have a new hero and his name is… Suthep

This week’s ASTV Manager Weekly cover: BP: So you have the photo of Suthep with the words “บัวพ้นน้ำ” (means a lotus which is now smart) whereas Chuan and Abhisit are on tortoises indicating that they are slow to see the light and to become smart to the PAD way of thinking… The background is that...

Bangkok University Poll shows support for Yingluck drops 10 points

By Mon, Jun 24, 2013 10:00AM UTC Comments Off Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

Bangkok University Poll surveyed 1,234 people throughout Thailand between June 18-20. Q1: If today there was an election, who would you support as the Prime Minister between Yingluck and Abhisit? (“หากวันนี้เป็นวันเลือกตั้ง ท่านจะสนับสนุนใครเป็นนายกรัฐมนตรีระหว่างน.ส.ยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร กับนายอภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีว) BP: This is a significant fall in support for Yingluck, but Abhisit hasn’t gained at Yingluck’s expense. In fact, support for...

How influential is social media in Thailand’s election?

By Fri, Jun 10, 2011 12:30PM UTC Comments Off Pheu Thai candidate Yingluck Shinawatra is already a successful businesswoman. Pic: AP.

I’ve read, seen and heard a number of statements discussing the role of social media in Thailand politics. Most conclude that the role of social media will be “huge” in the forthcoming Thai election, however the subject is somewhat more complicated and worth exploring. The answer for me is yes and no at the same...

Thailand’s PM candidates & social media in the election

By Sat, May 21, 2011 6:30PM UTC Comments Off Thailand’s PM candidates & social media in the election

Yesterday I saw Yingluck Shinawatra, the Pheu Thai Party Prime Ministerial candidate, join Twitter. Using the username @PouYingluck (“pou” being a play on “pou-ying” [ผู้หญิง - Thai for woman] and her name English for her nickname crab [ปู]) she ended with day with just over 2,000 followers, which has now reached to 3,750 (at time...

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