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Wan Noor predicts demise of Prayut regime in about a year

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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WAN MUHAMMAD Noor Matha
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Wan Noor predicts demise of Prayut regime in about a year

politics June 17, 2019 01:00

By Samatcha Hunsara
The Nation

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WAN MUHAMMAD Noor Matha, a former House speaker who now leads an opposition party, sees a gloomy outlook for the new government to be headed by General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

He believes the government will be short-lived.

The veteran Muslim politician, who leads the Prachachart Party, pointed out that the 19-party coalition government headed by Prayut has only a slim majority in the House of Representatives. The weakness is bound to affect stability in the coalition, he said.

“The government may be at risk of losing important votes in the Lower House, or at least failing to form a quorum,” Wan Noor said in an interview.

He believes the new government, in which Prayut will serve as prime minister for the second time, is “weak” because junta-appointed senators will be of no help in swinging vote outcomes, unlike when both Houses in a joint session voted to select the prime minister.

Wan Noor said reports of coalition partners and factions within Prayut’s Phalang Pracharat Party wrestling over Cabinet seats pointed to a further weakness in the government.

“The head of government virtually has no bargaining power. If any coalition member withdraws, the government could collapse immediately. So the prime minister must hang on to everyone that joins his coalition.”

Without the powers he enjoyed as head of the National Council for Peace and Order, Prayut cannot keep coalition partners and MPs completely under his control when the new government takes over, Wan Noor said.

Wan Noor’s Prachachart is a member of the seven-party opposition bloc.

He said yesterday the opposition, as part of its mission to keep the government from duping the public, would set up a working group to hear citizens’ complaints and suggestions.

It would also circulate a petition aimed at amending the Constitution, which he said favours the military junta’s retention of power.

He planned to ask Prayut in Parliament about his role in leading the military coup in May 2014, which overthrew an elected government.

“I remember well what the then-Army chief said on May 22, 2014, when he staged the coup. I will ask him about what he did at that time. He doesn’t deserve to be prime minister today,” Wan Noor said.

Asked to predict the longevity of the incoming government, Wan Noor said it could last a year, perhaps a little longer. Judging from Thai political history, he said, governments like Prayut’s are typically short-lived.

They have ended in House dissolution or counter-coups in which a pro-government military seized power just to help the premier end an unstable administration rife with infighting among coalition partners.

“But power seizures are not acceptable to the international community,” Wan Noor said.

He urged politicians to avoid giving the military any “excuse” to stage another coup by indulging in corrupt practices. Corruption has often been cited as the justification for coups in the past.

“Thai democracy still has some flaws, but it takes time for them to be rectified,” he said. “People shouldn’t vote for corrupt and bad candidates. And power outside the system should not be allowed to ‘correct’ the flaws.”

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Party threatens to pull out of coalition over environment role

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Party threatens to pull out of coalition over environment role

politics June 15, 2019 13:46

By The Nation

The Thai Forest Conservation Party on Saturday threatened to pull out and become an opposition party if the coalition leader Phalang Pracharat does not take back the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry from the Chart Pattana Party.

The party’s two MPs, leader Damrong Phidej, and secretary general Santiparp Intharapat, held a press conference to announce that the party would review its decision to join the coalition.

Damrong said he was invited to join the coalition with a promise to help in the administration related to the natural resource and environment.

But after his party voted for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the party said it has not been consulted how to implement its policies.

Damrong said he does not want a Cabinet seat but he wants to work in the ministry so that his party can implement its policies to protect forests.

If the Phalang Pracharat does not review its decision to give the ministry to the Chart Pattana, the Thai Forest Conservation will pull out and work as an independent opposition party, Damrong said.

Pheu Thai warns Prayut not to skip House meetings

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Pheu Thai warns Prayut not to skip House meetings

politics June 15, 2019 12:52

By The Nation

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Pheu Thai Party spokeswoman Ladawan Wongsriwong on Saturday warned Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha not to skip House meetings or else he would be strongly reprimanded by MPs.

Ladawan said Prayut, the leader of the 2014 coup, must attend House meetings every week and cannot skip meetings by claiming he is busy. She said Prayut should not try to come up with an excuse just because he does not want to listen to criticism from MPs.

The spokeswoman said it is expected that Prayut would occasionally be grilled by the people’s representatives in the House because he has won the post of prime minister ungraciously through support of 250 senators appointed by the junta.

Prayut is known to have difficulty in controlling his anger and observers believe he will be tested to his limit by opposition MPs.

Ladawan said Prayut should study an example of Gen Kriangsak Chamanan, the secretary general of the October 6, 1976, coup maker. Kriangsak became the prime minister in 1979 on a slim majority coalition government.

Ladawan said Kriangsak did not attend a House meeting and Social Action Party leader MR Kukrit Pramote strongly reprimanded him, telling the House speaker to drag him into the meeting room.

Now that Prayut has become the prime minister of an elected government, he can no longer enjoy speaking for himself as he did during his weekly TV programme for four years, Ladawan added.

Cabinet expected soon as parties prepare wish-lists for Prayut’s final say

Published June 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Phalang Pracharat key figures Sontirat Sontijirawong, right, and Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana talk to the press on Friday after news has circulated about the change of the party’s executives. Nation/Prasert Thepsri
Phalang Pracharat key figures Sontirat Sontijirawong, right, and Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana talk to the press on Friday after news has circulated about the change of the party’s executives. Nation/Prasert Thepsri

Cabinet expected soon as parties prepare wish-lists for Prayut’s final say

politics June 15, 2019 01:00

By The Nation Weekend

Though the cabinet has yet to be formed nearly three months after the elections, the secretary-general of the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party tried to put a positive spin on it yesterday, saying portfolios will be filled some time next month.

Sontirat Sontijirawong told reporters that there has been good progress, even though the past week was rife with confusion, rumours and leaks about the shifting fortunes of politicians and the coalition.

Phalang Pracharat, he said, had already submitted its ministerial candidates to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and is awaiting his approval. He added that some positions had more than one candidate, so Prayut had a choice.

The list has also been submitted to the Cabinet Secretariat, so candidates’ qualifications can be checked, he said.

Other coalition partners, such as the Democrat Party, are expected to submit their lists soon, he said, adding that everything was now in the hands of the prime minister. The setting up of the Cabinet has taken such a long time because of horse-trading and disagreements among party MPs. Sontirat admitted that conflicts have occurred, but he said this is common given that Phalang Pracharat has more than 100 MPs. He pointed out that some are satisfied and some dissatisfied with the arrangement, but he added that the selection would be based on merit.

Democrat leader Jurin Laksanawisit also told the press yesterday his party was working on its list and should have it ready for Prayut by the end of the day.

As for rumours about Prayut taking over Phalang Pracharat’s leadership and having his close colleague, incumbent Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan, take over as chair of the party’s advisory committee, Sontirat said the party has had no talks about such changes in the executive board.

He said the party has neither asked Prayut to become its leader nor has it discussed the matter, but if Prayut does want to take over the party leader’s post, it would be good news.

Sontirat refused to say if installing Prayut and Prawit in leadership positions would prove that Phalang Prachart was a means for the junta to retain power.

He only said it was still unclear if the former junta leaders would take these positions.

Officials check ‘political’ pedestal tray design at school

Published June 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Officials check ‘political’ pedestal tray design at school

national June 14, 2019 16:33

By The Nation

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A controversy unfolded at a Nong Khai school on Teachers’ Day after officials inspected pedestal trays designed by students that mocked recent political processes.

High school students of Chumpol Phisai school in Northeastern Nong Khai province attached sarcastic messages on a pedestal tray design. They wrote “250 Votes” on a the heavier side of a balance scale image and “Millions of Votes” on the lighter side of the scale.

The message apparently referred to Thailand’s recent election for Prime Minister, where 250 senators from the junta National Council for Peace and Order had the power to elect General Prayut Chan-o-cha to the top government post over more than a million votes from eligible voters.

After photos of the pedestal tray spread on social media, Police Colonel Phuwit Siripanit, the superintendent of district Phon Phisai in Nong Khai police station instructed officials to investigate the school and order the students to delete every picture shared on the social media.

Later Phuwit said that he instructed police to inspect the school so he would be prepared if high-ranking officials asked him about the matter.

“Personally, I think it’s just the attitude of teens towards politics. I see no spiteful things from the students. Also, my subordinates just visited the school, took photos, then sent them to me. I didn’t order them to force the students to delete pictures from social media,” he said.

Many people shared opinions on the incident.

Assistant professor Sawatree Suksri, the professor of Faculty of Law of Thammasat University commented on Facebook that the students were not at fault and the authorities must react carefully because the students had the right to prosecute them.

Teachers’ Day is an annual ceremony held in the first Thursday of June, at the beginning of new semester. Every school has to hold the ceremony for the students to pay respect to their teachers and students traditionally create pedestal trays to respect and express their gratitude to teachers.

This year a lot of pedestal trays were designed to express political views.

Prayut ‘set to take charge of Phalang Pracharat’

Published June 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Prayut ‘set to take charge of Phalang Pracharat’

politics June 14, 2019 01:00

By KAS CHANWANPEN
THE NATION

Move seen as Premier’s attempt to soften public perception of his links to the military.

COUP LEADER-turned-two-term prime minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided to take over the leadership of the junta-aligned Phalang Pracharat Party once his Cabinet is installed, a party source said.

A party assembly to change the executive board is expected next month, the source said.

Uttama Savanayana would reportedly step down to make way for Prayut, while Sontirat Sontijirawong would likely continue as secretary-general.

The No 1 party-list MP, Nattapol Teepsuwan, might also emerge as contender for the secretary-general’s job but was deemed by the source as unlikely to take over the post.

The move to prop Prayut as the party leader is aimed at reportedly transform the military general into a full-fledged politician and reduce public perception of his links with the junta. That association has been among the most vulnerable spots for attacks by political rivals.

Prayut plans to stay in politics for the long term, the source said. Without holding a party membership, it was difficult for the general to help the party campaign and build up popularity.

Prayut’s leadership of Phalang Pracharat was also aimed at resolving tensions in the party related to the influential Sam Mitr or Three Allies faction. The group had been a stumbling block in the recent allocation of Cabinet portfolios.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, in charge of the government’s legal affairs, said yesterday that Prayut could take the position if he wanted to.

Wissanu, however, also warned that if anything went wrong, Prayut would inevitably be affected as a party executive. Thus, the general should also plan a way out in case of an emergency, the deputy advised.

Phalang Pracharat’s deputy spokesman, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, told The Nation that he would prefer not to speak about the issue yet. He had not been notified of any changes in the party so far, he said.

Prayut had yet to register as a party member, Thanakorn noted.

Another source in the party said the circulating leaks were inconsistent with the truth. It had been leaked by party members who were disappointed with the allocation of ministerial positions, he added.

The leaked reports aimed to discredit the party, the source said.

The party had yet to discuss replacing Uttama with Prayut, he said, adding that Uttama and Sontirat had been dedicated executives and were well-accepted by their colleagues.

Meanwhile, political scientist Wanwichit Boonprong noted that Prayut had up until now kept some distance between the party and himself.

He viewed any move to assume the party leadership as intended to eliminate the middle men in talks between the party executives and partner parties.

“With Prayut’s leadership, it would become clear who is in charge of the party,” the expert explained. “Prior to this, many people did not give Uttama and Sontirat much credit. They did not think [these two] could make the decisions. If Prayut takes charge, it would become more clear.”

Some pundits believe Prayut was having to shift fully to the political sphere due to alleged lack of support from the Army, but Wanwichit disagrees, adding the question was irrelevant.

Prayut is also said to be considering taking control of the defence ministry. Wanwichit said to do so would be a way to maintain the network backed by his close colleague and former mentor, General Prawit Wongsuwan, who might step down because of health issues.

But this would not necessarily mean that Prayut’s relations with the Army would weaken, he added.

Bhumjaithai MP faces probe over Prayut vote abstention

Published June 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bhumjaithai MP faces probe over Prayut vote abstention

Breaking News June 13, 2019 17:38

By The Nation

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Bhumjaithai MP Siripong Angsakulkiat is facing a party probe after abstaining from voting for Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to be returned as premier.

Siripong was the only MP from the parties in the pro-junta bloc who decided not to vote.

The party leader Anutin Charnvirakul said earlier that the MP had the privilege to decide whether to vote and there would be no consequences.

However, at a party meeting on Thursday, it was agreed that a committee should investigate the case.

Siripong is due to testify next Tuesday before the committee and, if found guilty, could be expelled from the party, said Saksiam Chidchob of the party’s secretariat.

Disgraced former health minister dies aged 65

Published June 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Disgraced former health minister dies aged 65

politics June 13, 2019 14:34

By The Nation

Former public health minister Rakkiart Sukthana, who was jailed for corruption, has died aged 65, a TV host has said.

Sgt Pongsan Saenkaew, the host of several television programmes, posted pictures on Facebook, showing the funeral rites for Rakkiart.

Pongsan said Rakkiart, who was elected as an Udon Thani MP seven times and became a Cabinet member five times, died in Chiang Rai and a cremation rite will be held in the province on Friday.

Rakkiart was the first Thai politician found guilty in a corruption case by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Office. The Supreme Court sentenced him to 15 years in jail in 2003 for accepting Bt5 million in bribes from a drugs firm when he was public health minister in the Chuan Leekpai government in 1998. The bribe prompted the Public Health Ministry to buy medicine from the firm at inflated prices.

Rakkiart did not attend the verdict and disappeared until he was found exercising in a park in Nonthaburi’s Pak Kret district.

His jail term was halved by a royal pardon and he was released in October 2009.

After he was released, Rakkiart entered the monkhood at Wat Mak Sukthana Srikharam where he often preached to warn politicians against corruption. He left the monkhood in January 2013.

Prayut poised to take over party leadership: source

Published June 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Prayut poised to take over party leadership: source

Breaking News June 13, 2019 14:16

By The Nation

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Former junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is to become the official leader of the military-aligned party, Phalang Pracharat after the new Cabinet is installed, a source in the party said.

A party assembly to change the executive board is expected next month, the source said.

Uttama Savanayana would purportedly step down to give way to Prayut while Sontirat Sontijirawong would continue as the secretary-general.

The move to push Prayut as the party leader is to reportedly transform the general into a full politician and weaken the association with the junta.

Prayut planned to stay in politics for the long term, the source said. Without the party membership, it had also been difficult for the general to help the party campaign and build up popularity.

Prayut’s leadership of Phalang Pracharat was also to resolve the issue with the Sam Mitr or Three Allies group, which is influential in the party. The group had been a stumbling block in recent Cabinet portfolio allocation.

Deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, in charge of the government’s legal affairs, said yesterday that Prayut could take the position if he wanted.

However, Wissanu also warned that if anything went wrong, Prayut would inevitably be affected as a party executive.

Opposition parties vow to scrutinise Prayut government

Published June 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Opposition parties vow to scrutinise Prayut government

politics June 13, 2019 13:10

By The Nation

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Thailand’s seven opposition parties are preparing to welcome and scrutinise former junta leader Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government.

Led by Pheu Thai and Future Forward parties, they convened on Wednesday for more than three hours and said later they would work inside and outside parliament to keep the government in check.

They said they would propose motions to debate the PM’s and MPs’ qualification and the recruitment of the Senate as well as government policies.

Other items included amendments of the Constitution, they added.

While scrutinising parliament was their major focus, the group also placed importance on campaigning for a better understanding of legislation by the public.

“The seven parties would bring hope to the people as a strong opposition that will scrutinise the government,” said Future Forward Party’s secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul.

“Now, General Prayut Chan-o-cha will actually run the country with a real opposition. So, he can learn how to be a government under democratic rule.”

An opposition whip will be appointed to coordinate the work in addition to a working committee comprising of members from the seven parties.

Pheu Thai’s secretary general said that the small parties will have one member each in the whip. Parties with over five MPs will get two seats while the large parties will get 10, he said.

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