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  • THAILAND

    Senators seen as PM puppets

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 15/05/2019

    » At least 160 or two-thirds of the 250 newly appointed senators are close associates of the regime with military or police backgrounds, sparking criticism that the Upper House is a tool to extend the regime's rule, which critics say would renew political conflict and create a fresh impasse.

  • THAILAND

    Royal decree calls for selection of senators

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 17/11/2018

    » A royal decree calling for the selection of senators has been published in the Royal Gazette with immediate effect.

  • THAILAND

    EC ready for selection of 50 senators

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 06/09/2018

    » The Election Commission (EC) is ready to proceed with the selection of senators, which is likely to be completed within 90 days of the process starting.

  • OPINION

    Power is the regime's drug

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/05/2019

    » If power is as addictive as a drug, the military regime must have been overdosed with its latest appointment of its trusted friends and family members who will run the Senate for the next five years and have a say in the selection of at least two prime ministers.

  • THAILAND

    More MPs face land scrutiny

    News, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 10/12/2019

    » Environmental police will look into a fresh complaint against 21 MPs, five senators and four officials over public forest encroachment.

  • THAILAND

    Parliament set to convene on May 22

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 15/05/2019

    » Parliament will convene on May 22 -- the fifth anniversary of the 2014 military coup -- now that 498 MPs and all 250 senators have been officially announced.

  • OPINION

    #BehindTheHashtags

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/03/2020

    » Many student protests that were partly set off by the dissolution of Future Forward Party over the past two weeks has also ushered in new hashtags into the lexicon of Thai social media. At the time of writing, it has been reported that there are 28 hashtags associated with campus protests. Some are humourous while others carry strong political stances and sharp gibes. Whether you agree with these students who've chosen to make their voices heard, it's better to get used to their protest hashtags as more student flashmobs are on their way (but many speculate that the designation of Covid-19 as a dangerous communicable disease may be used as a tool to suppress them). Not to mention, an online campaign calling for people to wear black on Fridays as a symbol to oppose dictatorship began last Friday.

  • BUSINESS

    Serving two worlds

    Asia focus, Published on 23/03/2020

    » Doanh Chau has a big plan for Vietnam, the country where he began his life, even though he has not lived there for decades.

  • THAILAND

    NLA removes 2 key hurdles to election

    News, Published on 09/03/2018

    » The biggest obstacle to holding the general election in February as planned has been removed as the last two organic bills on electing MPs and selecting senators cleared the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Thursday.

  • WORLD

    Cases top 152,000 worldwide, rise in SE Asia and Europe: Virus update

    Published on 15/03/2020

    » Fear closed the world in on itself as nations, from the US to much of Europe and Latin America, took measures to shield citizens from the coronavirus infection. That meant shutting borders, airports and, in France, its cafes and restaurants.

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