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Tough times ahead for MFP and Pita
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 03/06/2023
» As the old powers play hardball, the road to Government House for the Move Forward party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat remains rough. The MFP won the most votes, 14.4 million of them, in the May 14 election, but its fate still hangs in the air.
MFP victory one for the history books
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 20/05/2023
» The phenomenal victory of the Move Forward Party (MFP) has stunned its political opponents.
Will MFP rain on Pheu Thai's parade?
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 06/05/2023
» Now that the final countdown to the national election has started, numerous opinion polls suggest strongly that while Pheu Thai is still in the lead, its aim for a landslide could be just a pipe dream given the sharp rise in popularity of the Move Forward Party (MFP) which over the past few weeks has gone from strength to strength.
Pheu Thai may need a risky alliance
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 22/04/2023
» With the election approaching, Pheu Thai has experienced a setback. Despite its massive populist scheme -- a pledge of 10,000-baht digital wallets -- a number of pre-election opinion poll results show stagnating, if not declining, support for the party while its friend-turned-foe Move Forward Party is doing better by the day.
Prayut's future increasingly unclear
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 08/04/2023
» As the May 14 election countdown has begun, Pheu Thai continues to take a healthy lead, with a strong chance of winning a landslide or even an avalanche -- if it gets over 310 out of 500 seats.
Next poll brings old guard new priorities
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 25/03/2023
» Now that the country is heading towards an election, which is to take place on May 14, it seems the dictator vs democracy dichotomy has largely faded as most political parties are forced to focus on measures to tackle economic problems in order to boost their chance of winning in the polls.
Politicians must check their promises
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 11/03/2023
» As political parties step up their election campaigns, with each of them rolling out a plethora of populist policies, concerns have arisen over the long-term budget burden if the poll winners translate these policies into practice.
Are the stars aligning for Pheu Thai?
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 25/02/2023
» As all politicians are rolling up their sleeves for the next election, it's clear Pheu Thai is in the lead. There is speculation that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will dissolve parliament next month, probably on March 15, so that the country can head to the polls scheduled for May 7 by the Election Commission (EC).
Whistleblowers expose misconduct
News, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 13/02/2023
» Whistleblowers who recently exposed alleged police misconduct are being hailed by netizens for their courage, but have landed the police in hot water.
Police reform an unmitigated failure
Oped, Chairith Yonpiam, Published on 11/02/2023
» Bribery, extortion, graft, abuse of power, a hand in illegal businesses — you name it, these are just a few of the sins committed by numerous bad cops. And quite a few of the offenders rank in the upper echelons of the police force, which is stripping public confidence and trust in the Royal Thai Police (RTP).
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