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    Saksayam begins job with wrong turns

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 12/08/2019

    » Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob of the Bhumjaithai Party appears to stand out among his colleagues in the cabinet, as far as speed in performing duties is concerned.

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    Not a scintilla of change in police force

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 05/08/2019

    » All opinion polls on the issue of police reform conducted in the past five years under the junta's rule showed most people backed change.

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    Politics returns to childish ways

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 29/07/2019

    » When chairing the joint sitting of the Lower House and the Senate during the debate on the government's policy statement last Thursday and Friday alternately with Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wichitcholachai, House Speaker Chuan Leekpai was right when he warned members of the two houses that parliament is not a playground and they should not treat it as such.

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    The journey back to square one begins

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 22/07/2019

    » Most political pundits believe Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's 19-party coalition government will not last long for a number of reasons.

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    KTB loan scandal a tangled web indeed

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 08/07/2019

    » The state-run Krung Thai Bank (KTB) loan scandal -- which was almost resolved four years ago after 26 people except fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra were given heavy jail terms from 12 to 18 years -- is now being resurrected by the opposition Thaksin-linked Pheu Thai Party.

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    Fallout from Ja New attack hurts govt

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 01/07/2019

    » Fingers are pointing at the government with accusations about its indifference to, or ignorance of, political violence; or even complicity in the violence itself over the brutal attack on anti-junta political activist Sirawith "Ja New" Seritiwat by four unidentified perpetrators in Klong Sam Wa district in Bangkok on Friday.

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    Even hand needed in share cases

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 24/06/2019

    » The ongoing tit-for-tat game which is being played out in the Constitutional Court between the opposition Future Forward Party (FFP) and the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), the core government party, is typical of Thailand's gutter politics whereby opposing parties are always at each other's throat until one of them is choked to death. Because of the high political stakes involved, it appears that there will be no compromises and no prisoners taken.

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    Coalition already straining at seams

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Trouble is brewing in the Palang Pracharath-led coalition alliance sooner than expected over the sharing of key economic ministries. Now that the party got its candidate, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, voted in as prime minister, it is going back on its promises by demanding the agriculture and commerce ministerial posts from the Democrat Party, and the transport minister's post from the Bhumjaithai Party, on the pretext that Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Gen Prayut's right-hand man on economic affairs, may opt out of the new cabinet if he does not control the three key economic ministries.

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    Wobbly days ahead for the next govt

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 03/06/2019

    » Whether you like it or not, the incumbent premier and military regime leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will most likely be elected the prime minister in parliament on Wednesday albeit with or without the full support of the Democrat Party because he has in his pocket 250 junta-appointed senators who are expected to vote for him. All he needs is a minimum of 376 votes from both the elected MPs and the senators.

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    Cobras strike on parliament's first day

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 27/05/2019

    » The emergence of "cobras", a term known in Thai politics as politicians who defy their party's orders, within the seven-party alliance led by the Pheu Thai Party and the intentional "stupid mistake" voting of a group of Palang Pracharath Party MPs on whether the vote on the election of the House speaker should be postponed or not are a clear reflection of the true colours of several politicians.

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