BANGKOK (AP) — The woman set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister on Wednesday played down a decision by the Election Commission to postpone certification of her poll victory over allegations she violated electoral law. The commission announced late Tuesday that 44-year-old Yingluck Shinawatra was one of a quarter of winning candidates from the...
BANGKOK (AP) — Citing the need to investigate alleged electoral law violations, Thailand’s Election Commission has postponed certifying the poll victory of Yingluck Shinawatra, the opposition leader who was poised to become the fractious nation’s first female prime minister. The commission announced late Tuesday that Yingluck was one of a quarter of winning candidates in...
An investigative report from the Bangkok Post went to the economically depressed and red shirt stronghold of Bank Khen in Bangkok. Vote buying was found although not in the form you may be expecting. Some key excerpts: These folks are not averse to vote-buying and there is no shame in volunteering for a rent-a-mob, whatever...
Twitter users in Thailand have been threatened with potential fines and possible jail-time if they make use of the social network for electoral purposes in the run-up to today’s election. This final weekend of the election is marked as a ‘cooling off’ period during which electioneering and promotion are strictly outlawed. In response to the...
Given that the outcome of this election may be quite similar to the 2007 general election (i.e the pro-Thaksin party wins a plurality and cobbles together a coalition), a new cable that has been released. Entitled “HOW HOT IS IT, ANYWAY?” from May 8, 2008, it is still relevant. 3. (C) Thai politics have been...
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