Journalist to PDRC: Let them decide on an open election

John Sparks, Asia correspondent for the Channel 4 News, was filming on the anti-government rally’s Ratchaprasong intersection stage in January. He asked this question to Seri who failed to give an appropriate answer. Seri is a well known PDRC propagandist, university academic and president of the transgender beauty contest Miss International Queen. Even the most […]

Thai PM says give opposition head the chance to try out political initiative

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today (Monday) pleaded with all parties concerned not to pre-judge the sincerity of Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva but to give him the chance to try out his initiative to resolve the political stalemate in a peaceful manner. The prime minister also suggested Mr Abhisit to discuss with People’s Democratic Reform […]

Post-Songkran Thoughts about PDRC and Democracy

Suthep Thaugsuban’s hatred for the Shinawatra knows no limit. The PDRC chief has sent a barrage of hate speech, defamatory and sexist remarks on to Ms. Yingluck and her brother Mr. Thaksin, while Suthep’s allies take potshots at the children of the Shinawatra. Jeers are met with cheering, whistle blowing and cat-calls. The cheering are […]

Lets not have an election, says the Democrat Party

Democrat Party Spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut pleaded with all political party members and those in the coalition government to take one step back and not be so eager to host another general election in the near future. He further stated that the solution to the country’s problems is not in the hands of the Democrats, but […]

Opposition to continue boycotting the ballot box

Thailand’s general election held in February was declared invalid Friday after disruption by opposition mob, setting the scene for possible talks between warring political parties about new polls to end the deadlock. While the ruling from the Constitutional Court further delays the formation of a new Government, it also offers a possible exit from the political […]

For a while it appeared that democracy was finally working

Once considered the economic and political model of Asia, Thailand is now on the edge of becoming a failed state. The Philippines, once the “sick man of Asia” is now considered the top investment destination and most successful economic story in Asia by several major international think tanks and analysts. Today, Thailand’s democratically elected Prime […]

Fiji sets for national election while Thailand declining in democracy

‎Fiji strongman Mr. Voreqe Bainimarama is set to resign as military chief of the coup-plagued South Pacific nation on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to contest long-awaited general elections in September. While we see a positive development in small developing nations, we think Thailand has yet to politically mature. The country’s progress is delayed […]

Security guard attacked, detained by PDRC supporters

‎Mr. Yuem Nillar says he was beaten, tied-up and dumped into a river by PDRC protest guards. (Images from Policespokesmen Facebook) The victim, a security guard at a company in Bangkok, said he was resting in Lumpini Park after finishing work on the morning of Feb 24 when 2 PDRC “guards” approached him demanding that […]

We don’t support separatism, says Thai PM Yingluck

The deep political differences in Thailand which caused a crisis that has been going on for months now has inspired some pro-government groups in the north and northeast to call for the country to be split into two. However, Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stated that she did not support the call by these […]

Inviting Abhisit to resign from Thai politics

Former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday said the ongoing political conflict has reached a stalemate and it can only be eased if caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra makes a retreat. I for one don’t believe that to be true. It is easier for Mr. Abhisit to say that because he is one of the problems […]

Concerns about the Impropriety of the Thai Election Commission

Election Commission chief Supachai Somcharoen today announced that they would not proceed with the royally-endorsed election of February 2, 2013. Supachai said he was concerned for the safety and security of his commission officials. But the question is whether he has the authority to neglect his duties and deviate from an election which has the […]

Democrat Party have lost faith in “democratic system”

Abhisit Vejjajiva is the leader of the Democrat Party who is facing murder charges of Red Shirt protesters during the violent crackdown in 2010. The central leadership decided on Saturday to not contest in the election, which has been set for February 2, 2014. Irresponsible politicians. By avoiding the election, Abhisit has proven that the […]

What Will Happen to Thai Economy if Election was Postponed?

The strengthen and momentum of the Thai economy has weakened considerably since the start of the protest in early November 2013. The Ministry of Finance has conceded Thai economic growth will deteriorate to less than 3% GDP in 2013. I believe the Thai economy will “at best attain” a 2.8% GDP growth in 2013. Furthermore, […]

Pre-Election Thailand: Responsibility of Governance

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reaffirmed that she would not quit her post until the general election (which is set for February 2, 2014) is over and a new government is formed. Yingluck clarified her reasons for staying in power in her online media message, saying that the cabinet acts as a single unit, and […]

Thailand’s Constitution Day

Yingluck Shinawatra on December 10 paid her respect to the statue of King Rama VII on the occasion of the “Constitution Day”. Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck, along with her acting cabinet ministers, laid floral tribute to the statue of HM King Prajadhipok, also known as King Rama VII, who was the last absolute monarch and […]

Suthep wants all trace of the Shinawatra machine gone

I read Lennox Samuels article “Anti-Thaksin Protesters Are Thailand’s Tea Partiers” with interest. He said: But Thailand is supposed to be a democracy. Didn’t Yingluck and her Pheu Thai Party win 265 seats in the 500-seat Parliament in the 2011 election? Didn’t they almost sweep Thaksin’s strongholds in the North and Northeast? Didn’t they win […]

Thai armed forces seeking solutions

Thailand’s Supreme Commander said he will meet with the commanders of the three armed forces after the celebration of the king’s birthday on December 5 to find a solution as the death toll from political unrest has risen to four with more than two hundred persons injured. Air Force commander-in-chief Air Chief Marshal Prachin Chanthong […]

Yingluck: We need to protect democracy

Thai Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ruled out an early election, following six days of protests aimed at removing her from office. She told the BBC the situation in Thailand was not calm enough for polls. She also said she would not authorise the use of force against protesters occupying government ministries. She was speaking after demonstrators […]