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By Prachatai |
<p>The veteran politician Chaturon Chaisang has finally been acquitted of sedition after a legal fight that lasted 6 years, 6 months and 26 days.&nbsp;After the court verdict, there are two things he wants to do.</p>
<div> <div>Citing the ban on political activities, the junta has pressed charges against eight Pheu Thai politicians for attacking the junta administration.</div> <div> </div> <div>On 18 May 2018, Col Burin Thongprapai and Maj Gen Wijarn Jodtaeng, acting on behalf of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), filed charges against eight Pheu Thai politicians after they attacked the NCPO administration at a press briefing on Thursday. </div> <div> </div> <div>The eight include Watana Muangsook, Chaturon Chaisang, Noppadon Pattama, Chaikasem Nitisiri, Phumtham Wechayachai, Pol Ma </div></div>
<div>Although Pheu Thai is currently facing a multitude of challenges, Chaturon Chaisang believes that the party can overcome them, from institutionalizing the party to opening up the party to participation by the new generation. </div> <p></p>
<div> <div>On 8 November 2017, junta head Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha posed six questions to the Thai people, seeking their opinions on Thai politics and politicians, and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The questions have been interpreted as an indication that the junta is considering prolonging its power in the post-election era through military-supported political parties.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Prayut intends to assign the Interior Ministry to collect responses from across the country. He did the same thing in May with four questions on elections. </div></div>
By May Barth |
<div> <div>Thailand’s junta has shown itself unwilling to reconsider the inclusion of capital punishment in its Organic Act on Political Parties. </div></div>
By Kornkritch Somjittranukit |
<div>The embattled politician from the Pheu Thai Party believes that no matter what the referendum result is, elections must be held by 2017 but in any event democracy will not return to Thailand in the near future. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What is the future of Thailand’s politics ? Why do some Thais decide to ‘vote yes,’ while some go for ‘vote no,’ and some decide not to go to vote at all? Most importantly, what is the possible result of the referendum? </div>
<p>An embattled former Education Minister from the Pheu Thai Party has denied sedition charges, vowing to continue to fight the charges against him through civil disobedience.</p>
<p>The military and criminal courts have disagreed about the jurisdiction over the case of a well-known embattled anti-junta politician charged with sedition and defying the junta’s order.</p>
<p>The Thai authorities have revoked the passport of Chaturon Chaisang, a well-known Pheu Thai Party politician known for his criticisms of the Thai junta and the draft constitution.</p>
By Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) |
<p>The junta leader threatened to step up the use of martial law, warning that people who still engage in anti-junta activities, especially the media and the anti-establishment red shirts, will be detained and barred from making financial transactions.</p> <p>Moreover, the junta Premier revealed that another ex-Pheu Thai politician has been summoned for taking an anti-junta stance.</p>
<p>The military summoned a prominent Pheu Thai politician for a discussion reportedly due to his Facebook post on the impeachment of former premier.</p> <p>Military officers from the 1st Army Region Command on Thursday summoned<a href="">&nbsp;Chaturon Chaisang</a>, a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party and former Education Minister. He was reportedly summoned because he posted comments on Facebook and twitter about the impeachment of Yingluck Shinawatra, the former prime minister ousted out by the 2014 coup.</p>