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    Korn's Democrat exit could let him shine

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 18/01/2020

    » The surprise departure of Korn Chatikavanij from the Democrats deals a heavy blow to the oldest political party which was already struggling in an unfavourable political atmosphere. The bold move, however, gives the prominent politician a new opportunity with speculation rife he is about to found a new party. Political observers also foresee the possibility of Mr Korn becoming a new choice for PM in the next election.


    Political storms that will define 2020

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 04/01/2020

    » The new year has begun with intensifying political confrontation, a consequence of a move to disband the Future Forward Party, which fought back by mobilising street demonstrations. The party's struggle has won substantial support as it is believed that charges against party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit are politically motivated. It is evident that the army under Gen Apirat Kongsompong is paranoid with Mr Thanathorn's move and it should be noted that a growing number of incidents which will raise the political temperature are set to take place this month.


    Is return of political violence inevitable?

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 21/12/2019

    » The powers that be should not underestimate the "flash mob", the first street protest since the March 24 elections, organised last week by the opposition Future Forward Party (FFP). On the surface, the incident may stem from the resentment of FFP and its supporters over the Election Commission's (EC) move to have the new party dissolved, but it cannot be denied there are also many elements that echo dismay with the coup and subsequent election.


    Pareena probe must set a precedent

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 07/12/2019

    » The legal case against Palang Pracharath MP for Ratchaburi Pareena Kraikupt, whose poultry farm is suspected of sitting on part of a forest reserve, must be pursued seriously in order to set a precedent. If she is in the wrong, she should face the consequences to show that no one is above the law.


    Young firebrands face uncertain fate

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 23/11/2019

    » After the Constitutional Court's controversial verdict disqualifying Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over the V-Luck shares saga, a domino effect for the business-tycoon-turned-politician and his party looks to be on the horizon.


    PPRP must stay out of charter study

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 09/11/2019

    » The opposition's move to amend the 2017 constitution has gathered steam with the formation of a panel tasked to study the charter rewrite, which is set for House debate later this month.


    Army boss eyeing path to premiership?

    Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 26/10/2019

    » It’s now more than evident that army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong has become a key actor in the country’s post-coup politics. His actions over the past few months have stirred speculation about his intentions: Does he have ambitions to become the next prime minister?


    Karma will haunt corrupt until the end

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 14/09/2019

    » The sight of former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom head down, listening to the Supreme Court ruling on his role in the fake government-to-government (G2G) rice deals contrasted sharply with that of the merriment of his former boss, Yingluck Shinawatra, sharing a sumptuous meal with her brother and fugitive former prime minister, Thaksin, and his youngest daughter.


    Oath gaffe a costly lesson for Prayut

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 31/08/2019

    » While the royal blessing has appeared to ease pressure on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his incomplete oath-taking, his predicament is still ongoing.


    Political rivals must push to reconcile

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 17/08/2019

    » The Criminal Court's verdict that acquitted 24 leaders of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) of terrorism may baffle some political observers.

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