WSJ: Abhisit says he’ll dissolve House by Friday

A Wall Street Journal story today: Thai Prime Minister to Call Election BANGKOK—Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he plans to dissolve the House of Representatives by Friday and call what he described as a landmark election for the Southeast Asian country, which has been plagued by deep and sometimes deadly political divisions. The piece […]

Notes from Thai PM Abhisit’s FCCT speech

As promised, here are some quotes from Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s annual Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand speech last night. But first, a few general observations. This has been been noted many times before, but I just want to reiterate: Abhisit is quite a skillful politician. He is a highly articulate English speaker, making […]

Reuters: “Thai PM says has the edge in close election”

A Reuters story from yesterday: Exclusive: Thai PM says has the edge in close election: Thailand’s prime minister said on Wednesday his Democrat Party would have the edge in a mid-year election but he would probably need to form a coalition to govern, signaling a close and potentially volatile poll. In an interview with Reuters, […]

AFP: “Thailand invites Obama to patch up”

AFP: Thailand invites Obama to patch up: As the United States steps up its focus on Southeast Asia, its oldest regional ally Thailand is inviting President Barack Obama to visit as it tries to shed images of last year’s political violence. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva sent a special envoy to Washington this week to convince […]

WSJ: “Thaksin Seeks Probe of Thai Street Protests”

WSJ: Former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra’s lawyers Monday said they have filed a petition to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands to investigate the way Thailand’s security forces suppressed massive street protests in the Thai capital last year. The move could embarrass the country’s army-backed government and further fray nerves in a country still […]

Thai PM Abhisit on Egypt protests

CNN.com: Thai PM: Leaders must exercise restraint against protesters Thailand’s Prime Minister has called on leaders troubled by civil unrest to exercise restraint, less than a year after a bloody military crackdown on the streets of Bangkok. Abhisit Vejjajiva sent in government troops to quell long-running Red Shirt protests in the Thai capital last May. […]