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  • OPINION

    Democrats risk political oblivion in city poll

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 08/02/2013

    » Over the past decade, Bangkok's governor race has provided telling implications for national politics. The winner, in that time, has come from the opposition party in national politics. In other words, the largest national winning party lost in Bangkok consecutively in 2004, 2008 and 2009. This time, ahead of the March 3 poll, the Bangkok governor race is yielding counterintuitive poll numbers that may portend a pattern for the next national election due by 2015.

  • THAILAND

    Thailand's stalemate and uneasy accommodation

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 15/02/2013

    » Thailand has regained relative calm and stability over the past year. After the worst floods in half a century subsided in early 2012, on the back of political crisis and turmoil that date back to 2005, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government has some breathing space to roll out its consumption-driven "populist" policy agenda.

  • OPINION

    Governor status quo leaves city as microcosm of nation

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 06/03/2013

    » The resulting and relative status quo that emerged from Bangkok's gubernatorial polls on Sunday bears cold implications for the national political landscape and the future of City Hall politics.

  • THAILAND

    Sputtering populism turns up political temperature

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 26/07/2013

    » As it approaches the midway point of its four-year term next month, the Yingluck Shinawatra government's broad policy platform appears to be sputtering.

  • OPINION

    Pheu Thai can win, but at what cost?

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 26/08/2013

    » Those puzzled by the recurrent political turmoil over the past decade should look at the past few weeks in Bangkok as a microcosm of the trials and tribulations of Thai democracy.

  • OPINION

    The politics behind Thailand's amnesty controversy

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 06/11/2013

    » Thaksin Shinawatra has achieved a feat undoable by other Thais. By trying to absolve himself of a criminal conviction and other alleged crimes and infractions, Thaksin has united his rank-and-file supporters and opponents.

  • OPINION

    Protesters must unite for democracy

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 31/01/2014

    » So deep and visceral is Thailand's polarisation that it is no longer enough to go around in Bangkok with a neon sign saying "Thaksin is a crook". To the protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban under the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), it is necessary to condone and partake in their efforts to uproot the corrupt "Thaksin regime" by blocking parts of central Bangkok and opposing the election this Sunday. But this should not be the case. It is imperative for the "anti-Thaksinites" everywhere to come out against the divisive and convicted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and to be in favour of electoral democracy at the same time.

  • OPINION

    Electoral democracy can still succeed

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 06/02/2014

    » That the election last Sunday was inconclusive and incomplete was a foregone conclusion. However, its controversial results revealed much more than many anticipated. Despite the uncertainty of the poll results, only 89.2% of which are complete, electoral democracy still works in Thailand. Eventually, it must be allowed to work within the rules of Thailand's democratic system for outcomes to be valid and sustainable.

  • OPINION

    Don’t repeat 1992 hijack of democracy

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 05/09/2014

    » As it approaches its four-month mark after seizing power on May 22, Thailand’s military regime has boldly taken over the entire apparatus of governance and policy-making processes. Not since the 1950s and 1960s have the top brass been so directly and personally engaged in running the country. What it must do now is to avoid the fatal mistakes of past military-authoritarian governments and to prevent good intentions from rotting into ill outcomes.

  • OPINION

    Semantics and Thailand's political divide

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 25/09/2015

    » Language can be about power as much as communication. It can tear societies apart or bring them together, depending on its design and application.

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