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  • OPINION

    Rivals at odds over 'oath' debate

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 02/09/2019

    » It looks likely the government and the opposition will have to slug it out in the Lower House over whether the debate on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's incomplete oath will be held behind closed doors or broadcast so the public can see it as with other parliamentary sessions.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Democrats caught between two devils

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 20/05/2019

    » The Democrat party has arrived at a three-way junction where it has to choose which direction it wants to go. Unfortunately though, all the three ways are strewn with pitfalls which will render inevitable casualties.

  • OPINION

    Future Forward boss faces Supreme Court test

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 29/04/2019

    » The media shareholding case against Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and a few other prospective MPs appear to revolve around two issues -- firstly, the interpretation of Section 98 (3) of the 2017 constitution and Section 42 (3) of the MPs Election Act which forbid an election candidate from being a proprietor or shareholder of a media company and, secondly, whether a verdict of the Supreme Court can be reversed.

  • OPINION

    Dems have tough decision ahead

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 08/04/2019

    » Having suffered a humiliating defeat in the March 24 elections, the Democrat Party appears to arrived at a point where it has to make an important decision about which political path it wants to follow -- whether to join the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP)'s coalition alliance, or to play the role of an independent opposition.

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