Asia: Thai general promises not to stage coup after election

Thailand has ruled by military junta since a stage coup in 2014. The generals has approved a new constitution and vows to hold a general election in later this year. But the uncertainty for another coup d’etat is very possible.

On Monday,  Chief of Army, general Chalermchai Sitthisat said the military would respect the outcome of an upcoming election.

Some members of the military government said the election, planned for late 2017, would be delayed until 2018 in order to pass the necessary election laws.

But a government spokesperson, Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, said the election was on track to be held later this year.

In an interview, a journalist asked Mr Sitthisat whether the military might intervene after the election.

He replied: “I can confirm that there won’t be a coup. What would be a reason for having to have the coup? There won’t be a coup. We have already learned from what happened.”

Many Thais has mocked it on social media.

“Why ask such a question,” said Facebook user Pim Pongchandr. “We all know what he was going to answer. Who would say yes?”

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Thailand: Woman charged over single word used on Facebook about monarchy

A few days time to Thailand goes to vote a new constitution on next Sunday, but it faces a political turmoil.

Thai police dropped the investigation into Patnaree Chankij after an international outcry earlier this year.

But the country’s attorney general decided to press charges against her under Thailand’s lese majeste laws.

The 40-year-old had responded to a message critical of the monarchy with “ja” (“yeah” or “I see” in Thai).

Patnaree is mother of student leader Sirawith Seritwat.

Under Thai law, whom criticises monarchy faces criminal charges.

Conclusion: More trouble for Mrs Chankij.

 

Thailand: Military’s council rejects constitution draft

Thailand has a confuse military rule. On Sunday, National Reform Council has rejected constitution draft by 135 votes to 105, with seven abstentions. It has been widely criticised, in particular a clause which enables a 23-member panel to take over government during a “national crisis”.

Correspondents say that it met strong opposition on practically all sides of the political divide.

Another committee will have 180 days to write a new one, which will later be put to a nationwide referendum.

Until a new constitution can be drafted, the military government retains its substantial powers.

It had said elections could take place in late 2016, but analysts say the delay means 2017 is more likely.

Critics of the draft constitution say it would erode the power of political parties in favour of the army and prevent a genuine democracy from being established.

For years, the battle between outsed PM Thaksin Shinawatra and Conservative alliance among opposition parties and military officials is taken place in Thailand since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932.

Conclusion: Thai people want democracy now.

Asia: Trial of Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra due to begin

Thailand lives another political turmoil. The Supreme Court begins the trial of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. She faces negligence charges due of her role on controversial rice subsidiy scheme. Yingluck can be jailed for ten years if she found guilty. The military rulers want to wipe out Shinawatra family from Thai politics. They ousted Yingluck’s brother Thaksin. However, they are very popular by rural population for their populist policies. Conclusion: Thailand and its favourite sport: humiliates the Shinawatra.

Asia: Thai military government replaces martial law

Thailand lives in military dictatorship. The Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha announces the replacement of martial law by the article 44. It allows the prime minister to issue executive orders to “disrupt or suppress” threats to national security or the monarchy, and Gen Prayuth has said that under the new measure soldiers would be “able to apprehend people, if an incident occurs, without an arrest warrant”.

That new security order was authorised by the king. The elections will hold late 2015.

Conclusion: Thai generals loves the dictatorship more than democracy.

Thailand: Yingluck Shinawatra is ban from politics for five years

Thailand is purged their politicians. Thai parliament has decided to impeacement former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. She is ban from politics for five years. Yingluck could be face a criminal probe over corruption to oversaw rice subsidise rice farmers. She would be sentence for ten years in jail. Conclusion: politicians and militaries don’t like her.