Originally published at ConstitutionNet on October 15, 2015 Thailand has to wait for a new constitution as the drafting process is being sent back to the drawing board with an entirely new Committee taking office last week. Writing constitutions can be a very costly venture. How costly? In the past 10 months, Thailand’s Constitution Drafting … More ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Draft punked or ‘Once more with feeling’?
Originally published at ConstitutionNet on August 31, 2015 “If I were a woman I would fall in love with his excellency.” Those flattering words were spoken by General Thanasak, until recently Foreign Minister of the Thai military government, who expressed his adoration for the Chinese Premier at an ASEAN security forum in early August. His counterpart, Chinese … More ConstitutionNet: Last minute add-on to Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Crisis Committee or the long arm of the military
Originally published at Siam Voices on June 1, 2015 As Thai military junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha considers shortening his weekly TV addresses, we look how much air time he has already racked up. Every Friday evening, the dulcet tones of synthesized strings of a pop ballad ring in the program that has been a mainstay … More Infographic: Thai junta leader to cut short ‘boring’ Friday night rants
Originally published at ConstitutionNet on May 29, 2015 There is a persistent theme in Thailand’s ongoing political crisis often touted by one side of the spectrum: the call for the “good people” or barami in Thai. Barami, a Buddhist term for “charismatic power” or “meritorious prestige,” has historically been linked to the Thai concepts of … More ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s next post-coup constitution: The dictatorship of the ‘good people’?
Originally published at Siam Voices on May 20, 2015 Thailand’s military government has said it will hold a referendum on its draft constitution. However, it’s not without a catch – or several for that matter. The issue of whether or not letting the Thai people decide on the draft for the country’s 20th constitution has resulted … More Thai junta allows constitution referendum, delays elections even further
Originally published at Siam Voices on May 12, 2015 Thailand’s draft for the next constitution is still subject to heated debate. But the hottest issue at the moment is whether the Thai people will actually have a say in the next charter via a referendum. It’s been almost a month now since the Constitutional Drafting … More Thailand’s post-coup constitution: Will the people have a say?
Originally published at Siam Voices on May 4, 2015 In the past decade, Thailand has seen fair share of political protests. As color-coded groups staged prolonged, large-scale street rallies, politics frequently more often took place outside than inside its usual institutions. Many of these protests went on for several weeks with varying degrees of impact on … More Thailand: Public assembly law creates new hurdles for political protests
Originally published at ConstitutionNet on April 30, 2015 On the afternoon of 22 May 2014 Thailand’s military launched a coup in response to which even the most casual observers of Thai politics and history would have sighed an exasperated ‘not again!’. Indeed, this is the Kingdom’s 12th military takeover of power since becoming a constitutional … More ConstitutionNet: Thailand’s next post-coup constitution: Uncharted territory to ‘true democracy’ or same old trodden path back to authoritarianism?
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 10, 2015 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Thailand this week was a rare and convenient foreign policy opportunity for the junta, writes Saksith Saiyasombut It’s been a while since the red carpet has been rolled out at Bangkok Government House for a foreign leader who isn’t from … More Russian premier visits Thailand: More rubles rolling into Prayuth’s regime?
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 2, 2015 The removal of martial law in Thailand has not been met with relief, but with more anxiety and criticism – not only from abroad – amid fears of a descent into a fully-fledged dictatorship under Article 44, which gives the junta near-absolute power. Television viewers in … More After martial law in Thailand, there is Article 44 – and a backlash against the junta