Thai politics

More on the Thailand election

2011 07 05 elex

Assorted Thailand election-related links:

The New York Times notes the army’s reaction to the Pheu Thai victory:

Thailand’s politically powerful military offered a reassurance Monday that it would not challenge the election of a party controlled by the fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whom it deposed in a coup five years ago.

The Bangkok Post, in an editorial on Yingluck and the new government’s priorities, says:

On the campaign trail she always had two subjects at hand. The economy and national reconciliation are doubtless the most important topics for the nation, and the soon-to-be prime minister Yingluck will have to take decisive measures on both.

The official MCOT news agency has the details on what will be Pheu Thai’s coalition:

The five parties to form the new government are Pheu Thai, the Chartthaipattana party, Chart Pattana Puea Pandin, Palang Chon and Mahachon with 299 seats in total, Ms Yingluck, who is set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister, told a press conference at the SC Park Hotel.

The Bangkok Post says that according to a source, Pheu Thai:

…will use its numbers in the House of Representatives to ensure smooth passage of legislation to grant amnesty for Thaksin’s 2008 corruption conviction, which would enable him to come home

Would that lead to trouble?

And finally, has some scans of Thai newspaper headlines featuring the election result.

Image: Bangkok Post.

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