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

Thai govt declares state of emergency as political crisis deepens

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 22, 2014 The political standoff took a new twist Tuesday when the Thai government’s declared state of emergency to counter the ongoing anti-election protests. With additional developments in the background, the wheels in this political crisis are about to spin faster. With the mass anti-election protesters’ campaign to … More Thai govt declares state of emergency as political crisis deepens

Thailand’s NACC ruling: Why it happened and what it means

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 8, 2014 Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will charge 308 lawmakers, most from interim Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party, for proposed amendments to the country’s constitution adding more uncertainty over its candidates for the upcoming federal election on February 2. The proposed changes would have changed the … More Thailand’s NACC ruling: Why it happened and what it means

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

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

Some personal thoughts: Thai amnesty bill’s wrongs do not make one right

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 4, 2013 It all happened much quicker than anybody thought. What was anticipated to last right into the weekend was done in a day and a night, and we all are still nurturing a massive political hangover. Parliament rushed the Amnesty Bill through the second and third readings with … More Some personal thoughts: Thai amnesty bill’s wrongs do not make one right

Thailand: Tensions rise ahead of amnesty bill showdown, protests (UPDATE)

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 31, 2013 UPDATE (November 1, 8.00am): After an 18-hour marathon session ending at 4.20 am, parliament punched the Amnesty Bill through the second and third reading with 310 votes, while 4 MPs abstained: the red shirt leaders Natthawut Saikaur and Weng Tojirakarn, original bill sponsor Worachai Hema and Khattiya Sawasdipol, and the daughter … More Thailand: Tensions rise ahead of amnesty bill showdown, protests (UPDATE)

Thailand: Reconciliation games continue as amnesty bill goes to parliament

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 26, 2013 When Thailand’s parliament reconvenes next week to continue the political season one of the most discussed and possibly the most controversial issue will be the passing of the so-called amnesty or reconciliation bill. Advertised as a means to overcome the ongoing political division by giving far-reaching … More Thailand: Reconciliation games continue as amnesty bill goes to parliament