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Thai government plays legal hardball, delays opening of Senate… for now

By Thu, Apr 10, 2014 2:05PM UTC Comments Off

The Bangkok Post: The caretaker government is using the Council of State, its legal arm, to delay the next meeting of the Senate. Apparently, the delay is a bid to block the removal of Nikhom Wairatpanich as Senate Speaker, and Somsak Kiatsuranon retroactively as parliament president, by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). .. The allegation...

New York Times on the impending judicial coup in Thailand

By Wed, Apr 09, 2014 10:00AM UTC Comments Off Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

New York Times: Although nominally independent, a number of the judges and top officials in the agencies handling cases against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government have had longstanding antagonistic relationships with Ms. Yingluck and her party. “It no longer makes sense to attempt to explain the current political situation in Thailand by relying on legal...

Bangkok faces crisis from competing rallies

By Sat, Apr 05, 2014 11:40AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Tens of thousands of opposition and government supporters generate potential for trouble writes Asia Sentinel. Bangkok faces a growing crisis Saturday as tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of frustrated “Red Shirt” supporters of the government and equal numbers of opponents descend on the city for mass rallies. Suthep Thaugsuban, the secretary general of the People’s...

Sexism in Thailand and the campaign against Yingluck Shinawatra

By Thu, Apr 03, 2014 2:07PM UTC Comments Off Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, flanked by  Cabinet ministers and aides, speaks during a news conference at the government house in Bangkok Tuesday. Pic: AP.

It's been an ugly few months in Thailand when it comes to the political situation in this country. Violence, deaths, inflammatory rhetoric - and no one is sure where it ends. But it's been ugly for other reasons as well, not the least of which are the sexist, misogynistic attacks that have been hurled at Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra....

Thai court hands embattled PM new challenge

By Wed, Apr 02, 2014 3:52PM UTC Comments Off Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is facing another legal challenge after a Thai court announced it will hear a case on her alleged misconduct for transferring a key government official. The Constitutional Court said Wednesday it had accepted a petition from anti-government senators that Yingluck violated the charter by unjustly removing the head of the National Security Council in 2011....

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