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Thai PM survives vote of no confidence

Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament, as anti-government protesters planned to march to the national police headquarters in a widening bid to paralyse and topple her government.

Yingluck's commanding parliamentary majority meant she easily prevailed in the no-confidence vote, but that is unlikely to defuse tensions or end Thailand's biggest anti-government protests since deadly political unrest three years ago.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has ruled out talks with the government or other parties. "No more negotiations," he told cheering crowds late on Wednesday after thousands massed outside four Thai government ministries, a major state office complex and 24 provincial halls.

The protests threaten to destabilise Thailand at a delicate time, just as its $366 billion economy, Southeast Asia's second biggest, is losing momentum. Data released on Wednesday showed exports fell 0.7 per cent in October from a year before, worse than the 0.7 per cent rise most economists had expected.

Waving multi-coloured flags, tooting on whistles and backing up traffic, the protesters appear intent on shutting Thailand's government. They have occupied the Finance Ministry since Monday but have failed to force their way into other ministries. Instead, they gather at the gates, causing staff to evacuate.-- Reuters

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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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