Notes from Abhisit’s FCCT Talk Last Night

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva spoke at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand last night. (Details on the event are on the FCCT site here.) Embedded below and collected here are my Tweets from the evening, in reverse chronological order. As I’ve noted following Abhisit’s remarks at previous FCCT events, he is a highly […]

BBC interviews with Abhisit and Thaksin

The BBC on Sunday posted a text story about the upcoming election. Of particular interest are the embedded video interviews with Abhisit and Thaksin. Worth a watch. As I noted following Abhisit’s address to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club here in Bangkok in March, he is a skillful politician. Some analysts say he cannot connect with […]

Abhisit and Democrats gathering at Rajaprasong today

As I mentioned earlier, Thai interim Prime Minister Abhisit and the Democrats plan to rally today at Rajaprasong intersection. The Bangkok Post says the PM plans to unveil “new details” about last year’s violence: At their campaign rally in the Ratchaprasong area today Democrats plan to release new details on who may have killed 92 […]

FT: “Abhisit warns of threat to Thai stability”

In a Financial Times story from yesterday, Thai Caretaker PM Abhisit talks about the upcoming elections, his administration’s successes, Puea Thai’s proposed policies, and the risk of instability should the opposition win. Also, don’t miss the full text of the lengthy interview.

Reuters: “Thai PM fears instability if opposition wins vote”

According to a Reuters story today, Thai Caretaker Prime Minister Abhisit says the Democrats can still win, but worries about the opposition “ruining the rule of law” if it wins: Asked to elaborate on what he saw as the risks if the opposition prevailed, he said: “Ruining the rule of law, causing instability and therefore […]

It’s official: Thailand elections set for July 3

The AP says: Thailand’s king has approved a decree dissolving the lower house of Parliament and setting general elections for July 3, the government spokesman said Monday. Here’s the nitty-gritty: The polls will elect 500 members of the lower house, an increase of 20 from the outgoing chamber. The elections are expected to be fiercely […]

Thai PM: new elections should take place July 3

Thai PM Abhisit told Reuters yesterday that new elections should take place on July 3: Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva expects to hold general elections on July 3 in the politically polarised Southeast Asian country, he told Reuters on Sunday. “The election should be on the third of July,” Abhisit told Reuters on the sidelines […]