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<p dir="ltr">A government board has approved a series of special projects that come under the Eastern Economic Corridor Development initiative. 48 projects, valued at almost 7 billion baht collectively, will be executed across 60 years beginning from 2017.</p>
<div> <div>The leader of Thailand’s junta has congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump on being elected, saying the junta would accept anyone elected by the people.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 9 November 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Thailand’s Prime Minister, said the Thai government would have accepted whoever emerged as victor in the 2016 US election since either would have had the mandate of the people, <a href="">reported</a> the Thai News Agency.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Prayut heads Thailand’s junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (N </div></div>
<div>Thailand’s draft constitution will be sent for royal approval on 9 November. The King will have 90 days to revise it before approval.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 1 November 2016, junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that the deadline for Thailand’s draft constitution to be ready for the King to sign is 9 November. </div>
By John Draper |
<p dir="ltr">This column was first published as a lead op ed on October 14, then was overtaken by events. It asks the key question about Rama IX’s legacy, the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. Unlike Bhutan’s Buddhist-economic-based theory of Gross National Happiness, the PSE has made no progress internationally. The Prayut Administration controls the message regarding the PSE domestically. Whether it actually cares about the PSE can therefore only be measured by whether it makes the PSE work internationally.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Gentile or Jew</em></p>
<p dir="ltr">The Thai Crown Prince has announced that he is not yet ready to be enthroned as the next King, joining the public to mourn for the late King.</p> <p dir="ltr">At about 9:40 pm on 13 October 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, told media after a special meeting at Parliament that Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn does not wish to be formally enthroned as the next King yet.</p>
<div>The world's longest reigning monarch has passed away, beginning a year of mourning. According to the Thai junta leader, the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be the next King of Thailand. &nbsp;</div> <p></p>
<div>As Thais gather at Siriraj Hospital where the King is being treated to pray for his recovery, the Thai junta leader has abruptly cancelled public functions to return to Bangkok while some royal events have also been postponed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 12 October 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, abruptly cancelled all his functions in the eastern province of Chonburi and returned to Bangkok.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The junta leader had just finished presiding over a ceremony to open a new building at the Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment in Chonburi </div>
<p>The Chair of the Department of Public Prosecutor Commission (DPPC) has removed the Deputy Director-General of the DPPC after he supported a call to investigate corruption allegations against the junta leader’s brother.</p>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<p dir="ltr">Despite the junta’s nationalistic rhetoric, the deportation of Joshua Wong has sparked debate over Thailand’s sovereignty and foreign policy as the regime appears increasingly eager to please Beijing.</p> <p></p>
<div>The junta head has said that pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was not detained by the Thai authorities, but was rather just ‘flying over’ Thailand, adding that there is no difference between sending the activist to Hong Kong or Mainland China since both are the same country.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 5 October 2016, Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and PM, said Thai immigration officials did not detain or arrest Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung, a key leader of the Umbrella Revolution. </div>
<div> <div>The Thai junta leader has condemned the media for defaming the country internationally, after stories of an ethnic minority woman bathing in a pothole reached the foreign press. </div></div>
<div>Thailand’s junta head has accused human right defenders and pro-democracy activists of wanting to be prosecuted as a way to discredit the military regime internationally.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 28 September 2016, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta premier, stated that the junta’s various laws limiting freedom of expression do not affect the majority of Thai people. Rather, the few who violate these laws merely want to be prosecuted so they can discredit the junta on the world stage. </div>