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Capo demands excuses from meeting absentees

Capo demands excuses from meeting absentees

Permanent secretaries who fail to attend a Thursday meeting at the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) must be ready to justify their absence, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut warned.
Lt Gen Paradorn, who doubles as a Capo member, stopped short of saying whether absentees would face disciplinary action.
Capo will hold the [...]

Pheu Thai raps Prem plan as a ‘coup’

Pheu Thai raps Prem plan as a ‘coup’

Mediation proposal ‘breaches charter’
Calls by a group of retired officials for the Privy Council president to mediate political crisis talks are tantamount to trying to stage a coup, a representative for the Pheu Thai Party’s legal team has warned.
Panas Tassaneeyanont said no provision exists in the constitution to permit such an intermediary role.
On Monday, a [...]

Yingluck heads for judicial showdown

Yingluck heads for judicial showdown

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces a court hearing this week that could bar her from office, a move that would be in line with the aims of recent anti-government protests but would plunge the country into uncharted waters.
Officials have hinted that even a ruling against her and her cabinet could leave enough of it [...]

Yingluck presents brief defence to NACC

Yingluck presents brief defence to NACC

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra testified briefly before the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Monday, launching her defence against charges of negligence of duty in relation to alleged corruption in the government’s flagship rice pledging scheme.
In a brief appearance, the caretaker prime minister submitted more than 200 pages of documents as evidence to the NACC and said [...]

NSC to go after ‘armed men’ rocking politics

NSC to go after ‘armed men’ rocking politics

Reinstated National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri said on Monday that “armed men” and weapons smuggling will be his first targets when he resumes his former post as head of the NSC.
It was Mr Thawil’s first statement on how he will lead the  security agency  since the caretaker cabinet on March 25 revoked a Sept 7, [...]

Drought? We can cope

Drought? We can cope

Special report: The industrial sector remains convinced it has enough water for this year, but what about next year?
Amid the looming drought caused by the unusually long dry season, high heat and lack of rainfall, the industrial sector is still confident the situation is “manageable” with sufficient water supplies till the end of the dry season. [...]

Surapong urges new poll be held this month

Surapong urges new poll be held this month

EC faces complaints on Senate candidates
A key government figure on Monday urged the Election Commission (EC) to organise a new general election this month, while a key Democrat suggested polls be delayed for up to half a year to discuss national reform.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul, caretaker deputy prime minister and foreign minister, said the Sunday Senate poll [...]

Ruling classes equally guilty of dereliction of duty

Ruling classes equally guilty of dereliction of duty

Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
We keep trying to exorcise the influence of Thaksin Shinawatra from Thailand by resorting to the same measures but we expect different results. We’re insane.
Initially, it was the People’s Alliance for Democracy, or yellow-shirt movement, which [...]

Investment ‘held hostage’ by deadlock

Investment ‘held hostage’ by deadlock

The latest casualty of Thailand’s five-month political deadlock may be foreign investment, as project approvals face delays and new investors hesitate to commit funds, the head of the investment promotion board said.
“We have started to see the impact from the political unrest,” Board of Investment (BoI) secretary general Udom Wongviwatchai said in a March 28 [...]

Court voids Feb 2 general election

Court voids Feb 2 general election

The Constitution Court on Friday ruled by a 6-3 vote that the Feb 2 general election was not lawful.
According to the charter court, the poll was unlawful because it was not completed in one day. Twenty-eight constituencies of 375 nationwide were unable to hold voting because no candidates were registered amid anti-government protests. Under the [...]

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