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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs  28 February 2014  

Caretaker PM Yingluck a 'no show' at anti-graft agency

CHIANG MAI, Feb 27 - Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday assigned her legal team to acknowledge charges of negligence of duty in alleged corruption in the government's rice-pledging scheme, calling a meeting to tackle haze in this northern city instead.

Ms Yingluck is scheduled to appear before the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) at 2pm to acknowledge the charges. It is reported that she decided to have her legal team representing her in the charge
acknowledgement and may defer her defence against the charges for 15 days.

Meanwhile pro-government red shirt protesters continue blocking access to the NACC headquarters in Nonthaburi for the second consecutive day today. They vowed to stay put until all nine NACC commissioners

Protesters led by the radio network of people for democracy set up a makeshift rally stage launching verbal attacks and pressuring the graftbusters to quit. They accused the NACC commissioners of speeding up the investigation against the embattled caretaker premier in what they described as biased and unfair manner.

The NACC main entrance was padlocked since yesterday to prevent NACC commissioners and staff from working.

Four companies of soldiers and one company of police were deployed in the NACC compound to ensure safety and prevent possible violence.

In the northern province of Chaing Mai, a major red shirt stronghold, the embattled premier received a warm welcome from her supporters. She has called a meeting among concerned agencies to discuss measures to
tackle haze and severe drought in the North.

Meanwhile, Democrat Party spokesperson Chavanond Indarakomalyasut criticised the caretaker premier for her no-show at the NACC.  Ms Yingluck's decision reflected her inaction towards solving the country's corruption problems, he said, calling on her to resign instead of shying away from all the problems.

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AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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