Bloomberg on Pheu Thai’s Proposal to Rewrite Constitution

Bloomberg reports today: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party will propose overhauling a constitution written after a 2006 coup that ousted her brother, a move that threatens to reignite political discord. The Pheu Thai party will present a plan to parliament tomorrow to create a Constitution Drafting Assembly comprising 99 people that has 180 days […]

Pheu Thai wins Thailand election: news round-up

Some stories that have caught my eye today: The Economist says that the result is “a smack in the face for the army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who urged voters on June 14th not to elect “the same people” to run the country and lambasted the red shirts as anti-monarchists.” And: It is hard to […]

Exit polls: Pheu Thai wins in a landslide

AP says: The opposition party allied to ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was poised for landslide victory Sunday in fractious Thailand’s elections, easily garnering the majority needed to form a new government, according to two respected exit polls. The Election Commission has yet to release results, but is expected to do so later Sunday. I’ve […]

Four Reuters stories on Thai politics

Reuters ran four stories about Thai politics yesterday. One calls Yingluck Shinawatra “populist but pro-business” and provides a summary of her potential business policies: Private-sector reforms, corporate tax cuts, wage increases and a big boost in domestic consumption could be on the cards for Thailand if Yingluck Shinawatra becomes the country’s first female prime minister […]

Update on the shooting of Pheu Thai candidate Pracha

A few stories from the international media on the shooting the Bangkok Post mentioned this morning: The FT notes the timing: the attack came less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Abhisit dissolved parliament. Bloomberg says: A candidate for Thailand’s main opposition party linked to ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra was shot and wounded yesterday after a […]

A visit to Pheu Thai’s red shirt exhibition (guest post at BP)

Below is a guest post that appeared yesterday on the Bangkok Pundit blog, which is part of the Asian Correspondent site. Here is a link to the original post. By Newley Purnell The red shirt protests, as we know, came to a dramatic and bloody conclusion on May 19, when security forces dispersed anti-government demonstrators […]