FT in an editorial entitled “Thailand moves towards the brink” from last week: Now we are witnessing huge anti-government protests in the Thai capital Bangkok. But in one respect these protests are unlike the others. This is because in Thailand the demonstrators are not demanding more democracy but less. Since 2001 the Thai electorate has...
The Bangkok Post: Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s election campaign will focus on educating the public about why the Pheu Thai Party-led government’s rice-pledging scheme has failed. The Democrats believe the campaign will lead to a better understanding about policy-oriented corruption. It will push for reform of ways to curb corruption in the public sector....
Pasuk has an op-ed in today’s Bangkok Post about reform. She starts off the piece by noting that per capita income has increased threefold during the past few decades and this means their expectations from the government have changed. She states: In the past 20 years, the many levels of elections that come with decentralisation have also...
AP: Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party said Saturday that it would boycott February’s general election, deepening a weeks long political crisis over protesters’ efforts to oust the government and force political reforms. The party’s leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, announced the boycott after a meeting of party executives, saying the decision was made in...
In 2006, the Democrats boycotted the snap election in Thailand. One of the problems was that because of the boycott not all seats were filled. Xinhua in April 2006: The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand announced on Monday that Sunday’s by-elections failed to fill at least 14 parliamentary seats, mostly where single candidates failed to...
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