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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs   17 December 2013  
Govt bloc calls for legal action against protesters

BANGKOK, Dec 16 – Thailand's ruling Pheu Thai Party today lodged a petition with the Constitution Court, seeking to ban the current anti-government demonstrations and dissolve their opponent, the Democrat Party, for supporting the protests.
Singthong Buachum, Pheu Thai lawyer, charged the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), of which former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban is secretary general, with using weapons in their protests and seizing government buildings.
He said Democrat executives and members have joined the protests and the PDRC has obstructed the upcoming general election which was already announced in a royal decree.
Meanwhile, Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit and a team of party lawyers filed a complaint with the Election Commission, charging Mr Suthep with deliberately preventing the snap poll by demanding that the general election be postponed for 4-8 months.
He said Nitithorn Lamlua, a leader of the Students and Peoples Network for Thailand’s Reform, publicly announced that he would lead people to disturb the December 23-27 registrations of candidates for the February 2 election.
These people have tried to pressure the prime minister to resign and block the election – a violation of the royal power and the Election Law, said Mr Prompong.
The royal decree on the House dissolution and general election on February 2 was endorsed by His Majesty the King.
Mr Prompong said the Democrats’ participation in anti-government protests could result in the party's dissolution by Election Commission order. (MCOT online news)

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This year in Thailand-what next?

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.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






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