Upcoming FCCT panel to feature Thai political heavyweights – if the junta allows it…

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 24, 2015 The Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) has just announced this upcoming panel discussion in March. The Future of Politics in Thailand 7pm, Wednesday March 11, 2015 Non-members: 350 Baht entry; Members: Free entry What kind if future does the military’s reform programme promise for Thailand?… More Upcoming FCCT panel to feature Thai political heavyweights – if the junta allows it…

Thai government, Election Commission clash over catch-up poll dates

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 12, 2014 The outcome of the February 2 general election in Thailand remains in legal limbo as the Election Commission (EC) has announced the catch-up dates for the constituencies where voting was disrupted by anti-government and anti-election protesters: The Election Commission is to hold second chance advance voting… More Thai government, Election Commission clash over catch-up poll dates

Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 27, 2013 Welcome to the Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, where we look back at the most important and interesting headlines, issues and stories that happened in Thailand this past year. Today we start with the political 2013, which looked very different when it started compared… More Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Opinion: Thai opposition boycott a slap in the face to voters

Orginally published at Siam Voices on December 22, 2013 Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party is to boycott the February 2 elections, prolonging the current political crisis. But this move will hurt the country’s oldest political party in the long-run, writes Saksith Saiyasombut When Sukhumband Paribatra was reelected as Governor of Bangkok in March this year he did it with a record… More Opinion: Thai opposition boycott a slap in the face to voters

‘It will hurt either way’: Thai opposition still undecided on elections

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 18, 2013 In Southeast Asian Buddhist mythology, the goddess that is known in Thailand as Phra Mae Thorani (พระแม่ธรณี) was called upon by the Bodhisattva to help him fend off the demon Māra, who tried to distract him from seeking enlightenment. According to the myth, Thorani then twisted her very long hair… More ‘It will hurt either way’: Thai opposition still undecided on elections

Opinion: What will happen next with Suthep and Thailand’s ‘Democrazy’?

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 10, 2013 The Thai political battle goes into the next round as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called for new elections. Regardless, the ongoing street protests to drive her and brother Thaksin out of politics continue. With a tearful Yingluck insisting earlier today that she… More Opinion: What will happen next with Suthep and Thailand’s ‘Democrazy’?

Thailand protests live-blogs: It’s been quite some busy days…!

As you may have seen and read it at Siam Voices or on my Twitter account, Thailand has seen the biggest anti-government protests since 2010, as rallies led by former Democrat Party MP, former deputy prime minister and veteran political bruiser Suthep Thuagsuban have gradually escalated their initial anti-amnesty bill campaign into an all-out anti-democratic… More Thailand protests live-blogs: It’s been quite some busy days…!

Thai court quashes changes to Senate, spares Pheu Thai Party

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 20, 2013 Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled that proposed constitutional amendments to allow a fully elected Senate are unlawful, but stopped short of punishing the ruling Pheu Thai Party and its coalition partners. The nine-judge court struck down the government’s plans to change the Senate, Thailand’s upper House, into a… More Thai court quashes changes to Senate, spares Pheu Thai Party

Thai Constitutional Court to decide on govt’s fate yet again

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 20, 2013 UPDATE (Nov 20, 14.30h): The Constitutional Court ruled that the charter amendments to be unlawful, but did not disband the ruling Pheu Thai Party and their coalition partners. The judges took offense at the many irregularities during the parliamentary process (such as MPs using their absent colleagues… More Thai Constitutional Court to decide on govt’s fate yet again

Tongue-Thai’ed!: Democrats’ Surin and Godwin’s law, again!

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 8, 2013 This is part XXIII of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. With the anti-amnesty bill protests in full swing all week long in the capital… More Tongue-Thai’ed!: Democrats’ Surin and Godwin’s law, again!