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  • OPINION

    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.

  • THAILAND

    FFP set to dismiss seven 'cobra' MPs

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 14/12/2019

    » The Future Forward Party (FFP) is planning to axe seven renegade MPs on Monday for their votes against the party during a House session.

  • THAILAND

    Flair for debate wins praise for Sutin

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

    » Due to its failure to form and lead the new coalition government despite pulling in the most votes in this year's general election, the former ruling Pheu Thai Party has seen its profile dim during its time in opposition.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Coalition braces for vital budget bill test

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 28/09/2019

    » With the 2020 budget bill being tabled in parliament next month, the final countdown has started for the coalition government led by army chief-turned-politician Prayut Chan-o-cha.

  • THAILAND

    Local politics heating up

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 25/08/2019

    » The political calendar for 2020 is shaping up to be a busy one, with the local elections that were "frozen" since the National Council for Peace and Order seized power in 2014 due to go ahead.

  • OPINION

    Race for capital's hot seat ramps up

    News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 20/07/2019

    » After more than five years of dormancy under the military regime, the country's local administrative bodies will spring back to life, once again, now the country has switched back into democratic mode.

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