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« στις: Μάρτιος 04, 2013, 06:55:49 πμ »
Sukhumbhand re-elected Bangkok governor, defeats Pongsapat in major upset
 
Democrat Party candidate MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra has been elected to a second consecutive term as the governor of Bangkok.

 At the time of this writing, with 99.79% of the votes counted, Sukhumbhand has secured 1,254,111 votes and Pongsapat Pongcharoen, his closest rival, has received 1,074,677.

Pongsapat is the first Bangkok gubernatorial candidate to earn more than one million votes without securing the governorship.

 Voter turnout for the governor’s election hovered near 63%, failing to meet the 70% goal set forth by the City Clerk’s office.

The office speculated that rains, which came and went intermittently throughout the day, kept many would-be voters at home.

 The race officially ended when Pheu Thai Party candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen gave a concession speech, along with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, shortly after 6pm.

In the speech, both Pongsapat and the PM vowed to work closely with the Democrat-led BMA.

 Supporters who had gathered at Pheu Thai headquarters on Petchaburi road to watch the election results had a more vociferous reaction.

A pugilistic mood persisted following Pongsapat’s concession speech and, as Sukhumbhand’s victory speech played on nearby television, many Pheu Thai supporters took to yelling at the governor elect’s image.

One woman even went so far as to strike the television with her shoe.

 During his celebratory press conference, which was broadcast from Democrat Party headquarters, Sukhumbhand promised to work hand-in-hand with the Yingluck government to the benefit of all Bangkokians.

 Though Pongsapat was forecast as the winner in three separate exit polls, Democrats turned out to vote in droves, ushering Sukhumbhand to a surprise victory.

 As implied by the debate surrounding this year’s gubernatorial race, Sukhumbhand’s victory carries with it at least as many implications for national politics as it does for politics within Bangkok.

 Pongsapat’s defeat means that the Pheu Thai Party, heir to exiled ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s Thai Rak Thai Party, will face a major stumbling block in its efforts to consolidate power throughout Thailand.
While campaigning, Pongsapat pushed his ability to work seamlessly with the federal government as one of his main selling points, implying that his connection with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s central government would make him a more effective governor. Even international observers speculated that were he to be elected, it would make it much easier for the Pheu Thai Party to implement a laundry list of high-profile infrastructure projects.

 Now that Pongsapat has lost the governor’s election, it means that the Pheu Thai Party will have to contend with the Democrat Party, Thailand’s oldest, in a position of significant power for at least the next four years.

 Sukhumbhand will enter his second term as governor carrying behind him a questionable legacy.

 Though the Democrats’ middle and upper class base has given him an implicit vote of confidence, minor scandals and aborted projects dog the governor elect’s heels.

 During his first term, Sukhumbhand came under fire for his role in the construction of the Bangkok Futsal Arena, which failed to gain approval from FIFA for its ostensible purpose of hosting the 2012 Futsal World Cup.

 Sukhumbhand has also faced accusations of corruption in relation to the installation of dummy security cameras throughout Bangkok and the awarding of BTS contracts.

 However, during his first term as governor, Sukhumbhand also saw Bangkok through the devastation of the 2011 floods and significant additions to its transportation infrastructure.

 For his second term, Sukhumbhand has promised to undertake a variety of projects, including the installation of 27,000 CCTV cameras and 20,000 Wi-Fi hot spots throughout Bangkok.
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« Απάντηση #1 στις: Μάιος 17, 2015, 13:26:33 μμ »
THAILAND'S FORMER PM YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA

Thailand's Yingluck faces trial and political ruin



Thailand's first female prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces court Tuesday at the start of a negligence trial which could see her jailed for a decade and deliver a hammer blow to the political dominance of her family.

It is the latest legal move against Yingluck -- sister of fugitive billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra -- whose administration was toppled in a military coup nearly a year ago.

She is accused of criminal negligence over a populist but economically disastrous rice subsidy scheme, which paid farmers in the rural Shinawatra heartland twice the market rate for their crops.

Yingluck is not accused of corruption but of failing to prevent alleged graft within the programme, which cost billions of dollars and galvanized the protests that eventually felled her elected government leading to last May's coup.

Thailand's military-appointed parliament impeached Yingluck in January over the scheme, a move which banned her from politics for five years.

But the criminal case could see her jailed for up to a decade, an outcome that could ruin any chance of an imminent political comeback if and when the military eventually hand back power.

Analysts say the trial is the latest move by Thailand's military rulers to neuter the Shinawatra clan since they seized power.

"This trial is being brought in order to permanently remove Yingluck from the political scene," said Paul Chambers, director of research at the Institute of South East Asian Affairs in Chiang Mai.

"But placing her behind bars -- a friendly, female ex-prime minister -- would make her look like a martyr," he told AFP.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a Thai politics expert at Kyoto University in Japan, said convicting Yingluck risked enraging the Shinawatra's "Red Shirt" support base, who have largely remained quiescent since the coup.

"Putting her in jail may unnecessarily resurrect the Red Shirts and force them to come out and fight against the NCPO," he said, referring to the junta's official name, the National Council for Peace and Order.

- Play nice Thaksin -

However Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a Thai politics expert at Chulalongkorn University, believes the military intend to use the threat of Yingluck's prosecution as a way to keep the Shinawatra clan subdued, rather than push for an actual conviction.

"The criminal and other charges against her will be bogged down in red tape as long as she and other forces loyal to her brother Thaksin behave and play nice. If they agitate and mobilise against the coup, then the noose will tighten on her," he told AFP.

Yingluck herself has defended the controversial rice scheme as one which "lifted the quality of life for rice farmers" in the poor northeast of a country where subsidies to farmers have long been a cornerstone of Thai politics.

"As prime minister I was always honest and served the Thai people, who voted for my government. I have not done anything wrong at all," she wrote in a Facebook statement in February after the charges against her were first announced.

The army takeover last year was the latest twist in a decade of turbulent politics in Thailand.

Thaksin, who was toppled by a previous coup in 2006 and now lives in self-exile to avoid jail on a corruption charge, sits at the heart of the political rupture.

His influence persists with Shinawatra-allied parties drawing the loyalty of the rural north as well as many among the urban working and middle class for recognizing changing social and economic aspirations.

The Shinawatras, or parties allied to them, have won every Thai election since 2001.

But the policeman-turned-telecoms tycoon is loathed by much of the country's royalist elite, which is backed by parts of the military and judiciary.

The Shinawatra family have faced two coups and the removal of three of their premiers by the Thai courts while several deadly rounds of protests have rocked Bangkok and dragged on the Thai economy.

The junta will also this week discuss whether to hold a referendum on a new constitution billed as necessary to heal the country's divides, curb corruption and expunge cronyism.

It has said it will hold fresh elections in early 2016 but a referendum could see the timescale pushed back by months.
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« Απάντηση #2 στις: Ιούνιος 04, 2015, 19:43:19 μμ »
PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Thursday clarified for the first time that he was ready to remain in power for another two years to complete the national reforms.
But he said he needed protection from criticisms both inside and outside Thailand if his government is to continue running the country. The PM expected to be accused of wanting to extend his time in power.

"If everybody wants me to stay on, I will do it. But you should help protect me from [criticisms] both outside and in the country. People will accuse me of wanting to extend my time in power. I don't want power and I don't gain any benefit. I just want to make the country better," Prayut said.

Prayut's remarks came as a group of National Reform Council (NRC) members Thursday announced their plan to start a signature campaign to gauge public opinion on whether reforms should be completed before the next general election.

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« Απάντηση #3 στις: Αύγουστος 18, 2015, 19:01:27 μμ »
Statement by General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
18 August 2015

Dear Thai citizens,

Regarding the abhorrent act of violence on 17 August 2015 at approximately 1900hrs, which resulted in injuries and casualties to many innocent members of the public, both Thai and foreign, the Royal Thai Government and I wish to express our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims. We shall, to the best of our capabilities, employ all available measures to render support and assistance to Thais and foreigners who have been afflicted by this tragedy.

From this incident, it is apparent that there are active individuals or groups that harbor the intention to damage Thailand, who may be pursuing political gain or other intentions by damaging the economy and tourism. The Royal Thai Government shall expedite all investigative efforts to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

The Royal Thai Government and I wish to affirm that we shall always standby the Thai people, whether in times of peacefulness or crisis. Whenever the Thai people suffer, we are even more resolved with the conscience to perform our duties and responsibilities for the country and all citizens. I ask every Thai citizen, all sectors of society, including all government.  officials, to join together to resolutely carry on, as well as purge our society of such despicability and dangers that confront us. If we unite, our solidarity shall able us to swiftly overcome our tribulations so that Thailand can return to normalcy as soon as possible. I would like to seek the cooperation from the media, including all social media agents, in providing news that will be constructive rather than news which expounds violence and destruction, either by video or sound clips or contentious commentary, which may have a misleading effect on ongoing investigations and create misunderstandings in our society.

For foreign nationals residing in Thailand, including embassies, consulates and international organisations, the Royal Thai Government pledges to safeguard your security of life, property, and interests to the best of our abilities, and shall continuously update you on the latest developments.

At this time, I ask that all citizens from every sector to remain vigilant to any activity that may seem noticeably irregular, while also exhibiting Thailand’s virtues, as well as  creating understanding with the international community, so that our nation and beloved Institution maintain enduring stability.

The Royal Thai Government and I wish to thank and convey our encouragement to all officials who have performed their duties to the best of their abilities in this difficult time. I ask that everyone come together to help make our country secure and safe, and follow up on bringing the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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« Απάντηση #4 στις: Σεπτέμβριος 21, 2015, 16:28:17 μμ »
From self-imposed exile, the influential leader of Thailand's rural "red shirt" opposition movement has delivered a simple message to followers chafing at the military junta's iron rule: lay low for now, don't panic, "play dead".

Billionaire former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, long-time political leader of the north's disenfranchised electorate, is watching events at home closely and urging patience from those who want to see his allies return to power.

"When I spoke to Thaksin, he told me to pretend to be dead a little longer," red shirt leader Kwanchai Praipana, a popular pro-Thaksin leader in the northeastern province of Udon Thani, told Reuters.

"He told me to ... wait until the next election. That will be the moment that we will win. The only question is whether an election will ever take place."

Kwanchai said he spoke to Thaksin a month ago, though he did not specify how they communicated. Thaksin, who lives abroad to avoid a jail sentence for graft, was ousted in a coup in 2006, but remains a major figure in Thai politics.

While the military has kept a firm grip on power since it felled the remnants of the government of Thaksin's sister Yingluck in another coup last year, he and his allies have won every election since 2001 and anger is mounting among farmers and political opponents.

The military government has slashed rural subsidies and coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said this month the next election would not be held until "around" July, 2017, the latest delay to Thailand's return to democracy.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

The reference to playing dead resonated with Kwanchai, who rolled up his sleeve to show a scar the length of his upper arm from a drive-by shooting at his rural home when Bangkok was paralyzed by protests that preceded the coup.

Prayuth's ban on political activity has severely curtailed the red shirt movement and his junta has quashed any sign of open dissent.

"They have bullied us too much," said Kwanchai, adding that he has to report his movements to the military every day.

Prayuth staged the coup and banned political activity after months of sometimes deadly street clashes, saying he had to reconcile a dangerously divided society. Many Thais, especially Bangkok's middle class and urban elite, backed the intervention.

But sharp divisions remain and the Shinawatras retain their popularity in northern strongholds.

A draft constitution that critics said was an attempt by Prayuth to prevent a comeback by the Shinawatras was rejected by a military-appointed reform council rather than taken to a national referendum that may have become a public test of the junta's popularity.

"At first we thought the drafting of the constitution, had it been passed, would have been the time to protest," said Sabina Shah, a red shirt leader and radio DJ in the northeastern city of Khon Kaen. The radio station was shut down after the coup and remains off air.

"People want to protest. But they are afraid, despite facing difficulties and hardship...The economy's been going backwards."

Hundreds of activists on Saturday defied a ban on protests and marched in Bangkok in a rare rally against the military to mark the ninth anniversary of the coup against Thaksin.

Lines of police stood by as crowds of people chanting "no dictatorship" and carrying anti-junta banners marched to the city's Democracy Monument.

"ALMOST DYING"

Compared with the Shinawatra clan, Prayuth has done little for Thailand's farmers.

He ended subsidy schemes that funneled billions of dollars to agricultural communities.

The populist schemes were fiercely criticized as vote buying by opponents of the Shinawatras.

Without the subsidies, rice farmers have seen their income per kilogram of rice fall by about a third and are struggling to pay down debt they took on when times were good.

"I'm not that happy at the moment because agricultural prices for us have not been good at all," said farmer Samrong Pongthai in lush rice fields outside Udon Thani.

"The government won't increase the price. It's been a struggle really. You make a loss if you sell it these days."

Despite his distaste for populism, Prayuth has turned to one of the architects of Thaksin's economic policies in an attempt to revive Thailand's stumbling economy.

But farmers say the soft loans and spending on small projects announced so far are not enough.

"This government tells us to stop making demands, and to live sustainably," said Samai Sribang, who owns a rubber plantation in Nong Khai province near the border with Laos.

"But how can it be sustainable if we can't sell our goods? If Thaksin can hear us, tell him we are almost dying."

Prayuth's government is considering asking farmers to not plant an off-season crop next year after drought left many reservoirs low. It has also tried to encourage rubber farmers to cut down trees to reduce oversupply.

Both measures will only add to farmers' resentment, said Teerasak Teecayuphan, the mayor of Khon Kaen.

"If that is all the government can come up with there is little hope of restoring political faith," Teerasak said.

"Sooner or later this pot will boil over. You can't suppress it for long if you don't solve the problems."

(Editing by Mike Collett-White)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/20/us-thailand-politics-idUSKCN0RK02F20150920

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« Απάντηση #5 στις: Οκτώβριος 01, 2015, 17:20:50 μμ »


KHON KAEN, Thailand: The rural heartland of Thailand's deposed leader Yingluck Shinawatra and her exiled billionaire brother Thaksin is hurting as a result of the military government's economic policies, stirring discontent and the threat of protests.

The removal of generous agricultural subsidies has left rice farmers in northeast Thailand struggling with mounting debts, and they will get little relief when they sell their crop in coming months with rice prices near an 8-year low.

Petty crime is on the rise and retailers are struggling. The vast Platinum 168 shopping mall on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Udon Thani was built during the boom, but it is now less than a third occupied and no longer charging tenants rent.

"People are complaining about the rising costs of living, of having no money for spending," said Teerasak Teecayuphan, the mayor of the neighbouring provincial capital of Khon Kaen. "Their patience will gradually run out. Sooner or later this pot will boil over."

Thaksin's "red shirts", many of whom hail from the northeast, have punctuated a decade of political turmoil in Thailand with protests on Bangkok's streets.

Military attempts to disperse 10 weeks of protests in 2010 left scores dead and sparked the worst arson and rioting in Thailand's modern history.

Thaksin has told his supporters to stay calm and "play dead", but some in Thailand's poorest region say it is only a matter of time before discontent overcomes fear of the military and people again take to the streets.

"People want to protest," said Sabina Shah, a local leader of Thaksin's "red shirt" supporters in Khon Kaen.

"But we have to wait for the right trigger. If we come out now in small numbers it's suicide. We are just lying low and waiting for the opportunity - when the government argue among themselves."

The military toppled Yingluck's government in a May 2014 coup and have zealously enforced a ban on political activity.

Both Shinawatras mobilized the rural poor to deliver landslide electoral victories with a mixture of development projects, social benefits and subsidies.

Many in the northeast, also known as Isaan, think they are paying an economic price for their political allegiance.

Coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha represents a largely Bangkok-based establishment that reviles the Shinawatras' populist policies and is threatened by their rural support base.

His government has been austere in support for agriculture, which accounts for just under 10 percent of the country's economy.

"It is quite bad for farmers, we have heavy debt," said Pursudar Koyto, in Ban Kampom, a village surrounded by verdant rice paddy fields nearly ready to harvest. "Prayuth's government could have done more, like what they did in the Thaksin era."

While incomes improved under the Shinawatras, household incomes in Isaan are still the lowest in Thailand at just over 19,000 baht (US$522.98) per month. That is less than half the 43,000 baht of the Bangkok region, according to government statistics for 2013, the latest data available.

MILITARY WARNS OF NATIONAL FALLOUT

The junta has now made an about-turn on policy to breathe life into a moribund economy and head off rising discontent.

Prayuth in August appointed Somkid Jatusripitak - one of the architects of Thaksin's policies - as his economic tsar.

Somkid has prioritised reviving the rural economy, which employs nearly 40 percent of the workforce.

"They are suffering," he told Reuters in an interview. "If these people don't have enough purchasing power it will hurt the whole system."

Southeast Asia's second-largest economy has undershot government targets. The central bank cut its GDP growth forecast to 2.7 percent from 3 percent on Sept. 25, and to 3.7 percent from 4.1 percent for 2016. In 2014, growth was the slowest in three years at 0.9 percent.

Somkid has announced a raft of measures, including soft loans through village funds, but the jury is still out on whether he can spur more growth. Somkid said he would inject more cash into the rural economy if needed.

WORSE TO COME

The signs of economic malaise in Isaan are widespread. Private investment, vehicle sales and property values have all fallen and farmers in the world's second-largest rice exporter expect things to get worse before they get better.

Cash is already running out and many are selling cars and land to repay loans. Credit is scarce as banks tighten lending to battle rising bad debt.

"I have to borrow to pay some debt back every year," said rice farmer Khamkong Banphod, in the village of Ku Kaew near Udon Thani.

"Those facing hardship are the people who invested a lot of money and are now facing losses. They have their debt problems and are angry with the government."

The margin for millers has been razor-thin since subsidies ended, said Somsak Tungphitukkul, who owns rice mills in Khon Kaen province. Many mills cannot turn a profit and have been mothballed or closed, he said.

"It's going to be a nightmare for the rice industry if the government doesn't do something when the new crop comes in," he said.

(Editing by Michael Perry)

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« Απάντηση #6 στις: Νοέμβριος 04, 2015, 17:12:24 μμ »

Thailand Farmer Subsidies: Thai Junta Announces Subsidies To Avert Protests


Thailand's military government announced subsidies worth $1.3 billion Tuesday to appease disgruntled farmers who have threatened protests as commodity prices and exports hit record lows, according to reports.

The junta, which in 2014 vowed to abolish populist policies used by Thailand's deposed leader Yingluck Shinawatra, said it would release about $365 million to aid rubber plantations and about $1 billion to rice farmers. The move is being seen as a complete reversal of policy by the military government, which had pledged to wean farmers off expensive subsidies in the coup, after the previous government’s handout programs became associated with rampant corruption and charges of vote-buying.

"Though the junta's action is exactly the same as previous governments, they claim that this time money will not leak," Gothom Arya, an advisor to the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Bangkok's Mahidol University, told Reuters.

The military government's economic policies have stirred widespread dissent in rural areas, as incomes have collapsed and politically powerful farmers have threatened to rally in defiance of a ban on political gatherings.

While the aid is part of a raft of measures introduced by the 17-month old government, including soft loans to boost the rural economy, farmers remain critical of the government as it has not yet guaranteed minimum crop prices.

"Rubber prices drop. We make less money. I would rather see the government help raise rubber prices," rubber farmer Samai Sriban told Reuters.


Rice mill workers react in a mill in Udon Thani, Thailand, Sept. 16, 2015. Reuters/Jorge Silva


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« Απάντηση #7 στις: Ιανουάριος 30, 2016, 04:17:30 πμ »
BANGKOK, 29 January 2016 (NNT) – The President of the Constitution Drafting Commission has suggested that the election date be delayed for a few months from the expected mid-2017 schedule.

CDC President Meechai Richupan said that the charter drafters have not written any provisional clause to make it possible for the current government and the National Council for Peace and Order to pass on the legacy of power.

He is confident that neither will overly exercise its legitimate powers, about which many have had concerns, and that neither will interfere with the plan to hold a general election.

The CDC President also noted that a period of eight months for the drafting of over 10 organic laws is not too long.

In any case, he assured the public that once all drafts are ready, they will immediately be presented to the National Legislative Assembly without any attempt to stall the schedule of the NCPO’s road map.

Mr. Meechai said that the election will still take place in 2017 but it may be around the end of the year instead of the earlier expected date.

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« Απάντηση #8 στις: Φεβρουάριος 13, 2016, 03:08:33 πμ »
ANGKOK — Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she’s been left befuddled by the military government’s announcement that her controversial subsidy for rice farmers benefited the nation but was still potentially fraudulent.

Announcement of the findings Thursday by the Prime Minister’s Office was the latest development in the ongoing legal case against Yingluck, who led the former civilian government and was indicted in February 2015 on corruption charges related to the rice policy.

“I’m still confused,” Yingluck said at a news conference Friday reporters at her residence in Bangkok. “They say the policy wasn’t wrong. The rice wasn’t missing. How can administrators of the policy be wrong? I want to know, too.”

Yingluck is on trial in the court on a charge of dereliction of duty filed against her by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. The commission accused Yingluck of failing to put a stop to the alleged corruption in the subsidy during her administration, inaction the prosecutor said cost the country greatly.

Yingluck Rice Subsidy Trial to Stretch Through End of Next Year

The military government, which replaced Yingluck’s government in a coup in May 2014, also launched its own investigation into the rice policy in April. The investigators announced their finding on Thursday, saying that there were grounds to the allegations of dereliction of duty against Yingluck.

In October, the junta initiated its own subsidy program for rice farmers.

However, the investigators now say Yingluck’s program “benefited the nation,” and are unable to specify what was the exact amount of damage caused by alleged corruption in the program.

“Her actions were wrong, but the amount of damage is another issue,” said head investigator Jirachai Moontongroy

On Friday, Yingluck said she would continue to contest the allegations in the court.

“We know what we have done,” she said. “We want to prove to the court, and we want to prove to the people, and let the court decide.”

She is due to appear in court again on Wednesday.

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« Απάντηση #10 στις: Απρίλιος 07, 2017, 07:00:09 πμ »
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha keeps S44 powers, refuses to set election date

07 Apr 2017



In a speech to the country following Thursday's promulgation of the constitution, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said it is too early to set the exact date of the next general election as there are many political tasks to be completed.

But he confirmed he will maintain the Section 44 powers of the interim constitution even though that law has been superseded.

"The government cannot set the exact date of the elections because it is not yet possible to predetermine the beginning dates of each successive event.
At this moment, we only know the beginning date of the first event today, the promulgation of the Constitution," he said.

The Prime Minister also noted that the National Council for Peace and Order will continue its role.

All announcements and orders made under the interim charter will remain valid.

Under the new constitution, all 250 seats in the Senate will be appointed by the junta during a five-year transitional period to democracy.

The senators can play a role in selecting a prime minister.

Before the 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra, the Senate was a fully elected body, while under the previous charter introduced under military rule in 2007, around half of the seats in the upper house of parliament were appointed positions.

The new charter also makes it harder for major political parties such as Pheu Thai to secure a single-party majority in the House of Representatives and is seen instead designed to produce weak coalition governments.

Gen. Prayut had promised to hold the election this year, but it is likely to be delayed at least until late 2018.


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Poll – Most people see no one suitable to be Thailand’s Prime Minister

June 28, 2020



Most respondents to a recent poll say that they don’t see anyone qualified to be their first choice as Thailand’s next Prime Minister, but some chose General Prayut Chan-o-cha as their preferred choice, citing his honesty, his several years of experience in national governance and his straightforwardness.

The same poll shows that the opposition Pheu Thai party is more popular than the ruling Palang Pracharat party, and the popularity of government coalition parties, Palang Pracharat, Democrat, Bhumjaithai, New Economics and Prachachart, is declining.

The National Institute Development Administration (NIDA) poll gauged the opinions of 2,517 people, in different occupations and of various educational levels, on June 23rd and 24th.

The poll shows 44.06% of the respondents don’t see anyone good enough to be the Prime Minister of Thailand, while 25.47% vouched for incumbent Prayut, claiming he is honest, straightforward, and able to restore and maintain peace and order.

Pheu Thai party’s chief strategist, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, is the second choice with 8.07% impressed with her track record and no-nonsense character.

4.57% favour Seri Ruam Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet for his straightforwardness and honesty.

3.93% chose Kao Klai party leader Pitha Limcharoenrat, 1.67% went for Kla party leader Korn Chatikavanich and 0.99% for Pheu Thai party leader Sompong Amornvivat.

When asked about their favorite parties, 32.38% of the respondents said they do not support any particular party, 20.70% said they favour the Pheu Thai party, 15.73% support the Palang Pracharat party, 13.47% like the Kao Klai party and 7.75% support the Democrat party.

The Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai party, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, received only 0.08% support among the respondents.

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https://www.thaipbsworld.com/poll-most-people-see-no-one-suitable-to-be-thailands-prime-minister/
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