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  • OPINION

    5 years backwards under military rule

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 24/05/2019

    » Now that five years have elapsed since Thailand's last military coup, it is an opportune juncture to take stock of where the country is heading. When it seized power in May 2014, the military junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order, initially had legitimacy from royal ascent and broad approval from its restoration of stability and order after more than half a year of street protests in Bangkok by the People's Democratic Reform Committee that was intent on overthrowing the Pheu Thai government.

  • OPINION

    Global warning

    News, Postbag, Published on 25/05/2019

    » I heard some Thai youth were due to protest older people's inaction in this country on global warming yesterday in Bangkok. Given the horrors that await them if little or nothing is done by our leaders, I hope they are successful in getting some action from people who seem totally oblivious to the problem, or are too old or inflexible to care.

  • OPINION

    Thaksin's no angel

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/05/2019

    » Re: "Coups not the answer", (PostBag, May 23). I fully agree with Felix Qui that coups are not the solution to Thailand's political maladies and government corruption. I also agree that Thaksin Shinawatra was highly successful in garnering the support of poorer segments of society, largely because he was the first politician to give marginalised Thais any attention, however meagre.

  • THAILAND

    So who wields influence now?

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 28/05/2019

    » The passing of Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda is unlikely to diminish the political power wielded by the "three military brothers" led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to a military source.

  • THAILAND

    Surayud steps in as acting head

    News, Published on 29/05/2019

    » Former prime minister and privy councillor Gen Surayud Chulanont has been appointed acting president of the Privy Council, replacing the late Gen Prem Tinsulanonda.

  • OPINION

    Raise palm prices

    News, Postbag, Published on 01/06/2019

    » I would like to bring the severe problem of the low price of palm fruits to the attention of the relevant parties.

  • OPINION

    Stuck in our own Orwellian nightmare

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 04/06/2019

    » Go and read Animal Farm. Watch Inception too, as they may help us appreciate the multilayered paradoxes that are Thai politics today. After all the diversions, however, the reality remains that the 2017 constitution must be rewritten, or we will be forever stuck with "all votes are equal but some votes are more equal than others".

  • THAILAND

    "I'll be PM of change", says Thanathorn ahead of vote

    Reuters, Published on 05/06/2019

    » Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit called for change on Wednesday, as both houses of parliament convened for the first time since a 2014 coup to vote for either him or the chief of the ruling junta to be leader.

  • THAILAND

    Prayut beats rival for PM

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 06/06/2019

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reclaimed the premiership after he won a parliamentary majority last night.

  • THAILAND

    PM vote turns into blame game

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 06/06/2019

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha won parliamentary votes to reclaim the premiership on Wednesday night after he faced the first test of his political career when MPs from the Pheu Thai-led coalition questioned his qualifications, focusing on his role as a coup-maker.

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