Originally published at Siam Voices on January 23, 2015 UPDATE 2: Former prime minister and now-impeached Yingluck Shinawatra did not hold a press conference after the military junta told her not to (or according to the junta ‘just’ told her to “consider carefully”). Instead she posted a statement on Facebook and while she was “expecting” … More The impeachment of Yingluck Shinawatra: Worth the trouble for a show-trial?
Originally published at Siam Voices on November 27, 2014 On Monday, the ‘Bangkok Post’ ran what was touted as the “first interview” given by former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra since the military coup of May 22, 2014, which ousted her government after nearly six months of anti-government protests and thus a manufactured political deadlock. In the story, … More The curious case of Yingluck Shinawatra’s Bangkok Post (non-)interview
Thailand’s Constitutional Court has found caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty in the illegal transfer of National Security Council secretary Thawil Pliensri and has ordered her to step down. The judges ruled that the transfer is considered “interference” and a “conflict of interest” that is “lacking in ethics and morals”. Thawil Pliensri was transferred from … More Thai constitutional court ousts Yingluck; Cabinet appoints new PM
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 30, 2014 The efforts of Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva to mediate in the ongoing political crisis is being welcomed by some and regarded with skepticism by others. What is the opposition leader’s rationale after all these months, asks Saksith Saiyasombut The past few days saw a man … More Will Abhisit’s ‘middle man’-approach end Thailand’s political impasse?
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 2, 2014 UPDATE: Thailand’s Constitutional Court today decided to accept the petition against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra relating to the transfer of Thawil Pliensri from his position as National Security Council (NSC) secretary in 2011, the Nation reports. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The legal challenges against the caretaker government of interim-Prime … More ‘Unlawful’ transfer of NSC chief could spell the end for Yingluck
Originally published at Siam Voices on February 28, 2014 During the campaign for the 2011 general elections, then-prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party proposed a televised debate with his challenger Yingluck Shinawatra of the Pheu Thai Party, in the hope that the well-skilled public speaker could score some points against an at that … More Thai PM Yingluck challenged to live TV debate by protest leader Suthep
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
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
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
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