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Former Prime Minister and opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva passes riot police as he arrives for Wednesday's parliament debate. Pic: AP.

Opinion: Abhisit’s ‘reform proposal’ a losing bet

By Tue, May 06, 2014 10:30AM UTC Comments Off Former Prime Minister and opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva passes riot police as he arrives for Wednesday's parliament debate. Pic: AP.

There's no blame for trying, but there's no reward for poor execution. In the past two weeks, Abhisit Vejjajiva made headlines again by re-imagining himself as a mediator in an increasingly dangerous political stalemate, pledging to talk to all sides and come up with a plan for a way out of the crisis within 10 days (we reported)....

Will Abhisit’s ‘middle man’-approach end Thailand’s political impasse?

By Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:30AM UTC 2 Comments Will Abhisit’s ‘middle man’-approach end Thailand’s political impasse?

The past few days saw a man with his right arm in a sling, but also wearing his new ambitions on his sleeve. Abhisit Vejjajiva, former prime minister of Thailand and the leader of the opposition Democrat Party, is seeking a compromise across all political battle lines as fears of ongoing political tensions escalating into more violence grow....

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

By Thu, Jan 09, 2014 12:00PM UTC 1 Comment 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...

Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

By Fri, Dec 27, 2013 12:00PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Welcome to the Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, where we look back at the most important and interesting headlines, issues and stories that happened in Thailand this past year. Today we start with the political 2013, which looked very different when it started compared to the chaos on the street we have now...

Opinion: Thai opposition boycott a slap in the face to voters

By Sun, Dec 22, 2013 11:00AM UTC 4 Comments Former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party is to boycott the February 2 elections, prolonging the current political crisis. But this move will hurt the country’s oldest political party in the long-run, writes Saksith Saiyasombut When Sukhumband Paribatra was reelected as Governor of Bangkok in March this year he did it with a record number of over 1.25m votes, maintaining the Democrat Party’s...

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