On May 9, 2014, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) kicked off its “all-out final battle” to oust the “Thaksin regime” by occupying state TV stations and telling them to stop broadcasting government statements and to only broadcast only the PDRC’s. They also went to the parliament building to ask the Senate to help resolve “the political deadlock.” ...
On May 7, 2014, the Constitutional Court ousted caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra from office for abusing her power in transferring the former national security chief Thawil Pliensri. ...
By Kaewmala As discussed in Part 1: Constitutional Court and constitutional amendment, the Constitutional Court and independent agencies have played crucial roles in Thailand’s protracted political conflict between the old establishment and the new anti-establishment forces. Often aligned with the traditional elite, the independent agencies are widely seen as the “guardians” of Thai democracy. They...
By Kaewmala Part 1: Constitutional Court and constitutional amendment Last week Thai politics again reached a point where a Parliament vs. Constitutional Court face-off looked imminent. Fortunately sense prevailed and another constitutional crisis has been averted for the moment. But Thailand is nowhere near the end of its struggle to achieve a genuine democracy in...
Burma President Thein Sein addressed the ceremony of Rural Region Development and Socio-economic Improvement in Yangon Region at National Indoor Stadium (1) on Sunday morning, The New Light of Myanmar reported today. In his address, the President said that utmost efforts had been made for the success of political, economic and administrative reforms during his...
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