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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, says he’d have no problem stepping down if someone better could take over, adding that he’s tired of all the power now.

“If in the future, there is a person who is better, more capable and more honest than me, similarly honest, (he or she) would continue the work and be in charge of the country. But being in power is not a fun matter. I exercised a lot of power when I was the army chief for 4 years. I am fed up with using power. I used the power to take care of good people and punish people who do bad things. Only 2 (kinds of exercising power) are difficult enough already.”

He adds that accusations that he has abused his power leave him mystified.

“Many people accused me of using the power illegally, I don’t know where I have broken the laws. I comply with all the laws.”

Prayut says he never expected to be PM, not least for 6 years, adding that the 20 year national strategy is not a sign he intends to hold on to power for 20 years. However, anyone waiting in the wings and hoping to take over sometime soon, probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

In terms of succession there has been no clear politicians waiting in the wings ready to step up into the main job. Under the current 2017 Charter, the PM would be appointed through a joint sitting of the Thai Parliament – the entire upper house, the Senate, is a rump of old army and conservative career politicians, hand-picked by the former NCPO military junta.

“I might die today or tomorrow, nobody knows.”

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration are planning another protest this Sunday. Activists are expected to gather at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument at 4.00pm, before marching to an as-yet-unnamed location. Anti-government protesters are doubling down on their 3 demands: the PM’s resignation, a re-drafting of the constitution, and reform of the Monarchy.

It’s understood royalist groups do not intend to hold a counter-rally on Sunday but will gather at Ramkhamhaeng University the next day to voice their support for the Monarchy. One royalist group has filed a police complaint against activists involved in an anti-government protest on Monday, accusing participants of “inappropriate behaviour” towards the Royal institution, although further details are not known.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    November 6, 2020 at 10:59 am

    ME, ME, I’m better.
    No, I was thinking of the MacDonald’s clown Ronald – he would be better.
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    lol

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      Milan

      November 7, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Just made that comment for fun he’s never gonna leave

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    Mister Stretch

    November 6, 2020 at 11:03 am

    ME, ME, I’m better.
    No, I just remembered that I’m not Thai. Is that a requirement?
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    LOL

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      Toby Andrews

      November 6, 2020 at 11:14 am

      If you have the money, no.

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    Fabian

    November 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve seen hundreds of thousands of kids in the street lately who are smarter than him.

    I guess in Thailand army leaders don’t go through an extensive psychological evaluation. Sounds like Prayut might have DTS (Donald Trump Syndrom). Living in an alternate reality.

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    Khun plastic

    November 6, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Put ubolratana or yingluk in charge.they are both so cute.

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    Jack

    November 6, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Toby, you beat me to it. I could do a better job. First thing is first, we return to the gold standard and drugs a prostitution are legalized, the borders are open, if you’re old or sick, be careful.

    If you want to extend your visa, sure why not, just pay a small processing fee… i mean, I would likely also just do away with borders but soon I wouldn’t have any reason to be ‘in power’ as I would leave nearly all decisions up the businesses and consumers.

    And I would unban pornhub.

    Its not that hard…

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    preesy chepuce

    November 6, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    They could have a lottery to select the next PM, as long as they limit everyone to buying only one ticket… make it like a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory deal, a final few selected by lottery, then a sing-off!

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    Political Observer

    November 6, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    “He adds that accusations that he has abused his power leave him mystified.” Wikipedia reports that he is worth US $65 million and probably he is worth much more. How did he amass that much on a generals salary ?

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      maxcorrigan

      November 9, 2020 at 9:34 am

      From what i read on another site to put it in Thai terms, when he came to power he was worth 2 billion bht now has 5 bht in his bank account also apparently from Wikipedia, quite believable, not bad for a General eh?

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    Suua

    November 7, 2020 at 8:39 am

    “If someone better comes along”……I nearly fell of my chair.
    That’s not much of a challenge.
    Most Thais I know are leaps and bounds ahead of this retard.
    “More honest than me”…..is he really serious?
    Almost makes me want to wretch with his absurd child like mentality.
    “I could die today/tomorrow”…..fingers crossed.
    Not many deserve it as much as you for all the heinous crimes you have committed against this country.
    Please do the human race a favor and remove your flawed DNA from circulation.

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    Sgt Schultz

    November 8, 2020 at 3:54 am

    Reminds me of the old adage: “Shave my dogs ass and teach it to walk backwards”, would be an improvement, not to say better looking and far and away smarter!

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    Nipral

    November 9, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Someone better ? Anyone will do !!!

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Court to deliver verdict on PM’s military residence this afternoon

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Security is expected to be extremely tight at Bangkok’s Constitutional Court today, as the ruling in the matter of the PM’s residence is delivered. Prayut Chan-o-cha is accused of violating army rules by occupying a military residence rent-free, despite having retired from the army in 2014. Critics say his tenancy represents a conflict of interest. Should the court agree with them, it will spell the end of his premiership, something pro-democracy protesters have been calling for since July.

Thai PBS World reports that the court has issued a statement to confirm that only approved parties will be allowed in the courtroom, including the PM, the complainant, and relevant lawyers and officials. The case was brought earlier this year, following a request from the leader of the Pheu Thai opposition party, Sompong Amornwiwat. The court has confirmed the verdict will be broadcast on its You Tube channel from around 3pm, meaning the public can watch it live.

Bangkok authorities are apprehensive about potential unrest should some parties disagree with the court’s findings. Piya Tavichai from the Metropolitan Police Bureau has confirmed that hundreds of police officers will be on duty, in and around the court buildings, with the front entrance already sealed off. A planned rally by the anti-government protest group, Ratsadon, has now been switched to the Lad Phrao Intersection, in the Chatuchak district of the capital.

We’ll all know the decision around 3pm this afternoon.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Election Commission to investigate charges that Progressive Movement is run as a political party

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Political activist Srisuwan Janya is accusing the Progressive Movement of being run like a political party, with its leaders campaigning for members in local elections, in violation of the Political Party Act. The claim has prompted the Election Commission to launch an investigation into the movement.

The movement was formed by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Piyabutr Saengkanokkul and Pannika Wanich, after their former party, the Future Forward Party, was disbanded by the Constitutional Court. The movement was ostensibly created to carry out political campaigning outside of Parliament.

However, Srisuwan says that by campaigning for its members in local mayoral and council elections, the movement is acting like a political party, thereby breaking the law. If found guilty, Thanathorn, Piyabutr, and Pannika could receive a sentence of up to 3 years’ imprisonment and/or a 60,000 baht fine, as well as being banned from politics for 5 years. The movement’s members could also face having their election results cancelled, and their right to stand in future elections suspended.

The leaders of the defunct Future Forward Party have been a thorn in the side of the ruling administration for some time, with several attempts to discredit them eventually leading to a successful dissolution in late 2019, on charges of accepting illegitimate donations. Since then, they have been threatened with potential legal action in relation to donations, with others accusing them of orchestrating the ongoing anti-government protests from behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, anti-corruption activist Srisuwan Janya has already earned the nickname, “Complainer in Chief”, for what many see as a tendency to lodge frequent complaints in his efforts to hold government and others to account.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Protest planned for courthouse tomorrow as verdict on PM’s residence expected

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The Ratsadon (People’s Party) movement is planning a protest outside the Constitutional Court tomorrow as a verdict is handed down in relation to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s occupancy of a military residence, despite his retirement from the army. The ruling is expected at 3.00pm tomorrow and comes as a result of a petition lodged by opposition MPs in March, in which the PM was accused of a conflict of interest as a result of his residence.

Members of the Pheu Thai Party are leading the charge, claiming the PM should have moved out of the accommodation at the time of his retirement in 2014. For his part, the PM says he’ll move out if the court rules against him, insisting his occupancy of the military residence is not an abuse of power. According to a report in the Bangkok Post today, the military says the property has been re-classified as a “visitor’s house” and says it was provided to the PM for security reasons.

Wirat Ratana­sate from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party says members have not yet discussed a list of potential replacement candidates, should the court’s ruling go against the PM. Were that to happen, it would mean the end of his term as leader and the end of his current cabinet. Wirat remains optimistic however, that the court will find in the PM’s favour.

“We may have to discuss the matter with coalition parties. Still, let’s wait for the court’s ruling. Don’t jump to any conclusion that there will be a political accident. The outcome may turn out to be good.”

Meanwhile, authorities in Bangkok say they’re ready to handle tomorrow’s planned protest outside the courthouse. Pakkapong Pongpetra from the Metropolitan Police Bureau says officers have devised a number of security measures to maintain order during the rally and ensure events inside the courtroom can proceed as normal.

His statement comes as Ramate Rattanachaweng from the Democrat Party issues a warning to anti-government protesters that pressurising the court could lead to charges of contempt of court. He is calling on them to cancel tomorrow’s gathering.

Meanwhile, members of the opposition say they’re confident the court will rule against the PM, with the legal chief of the Pheu Thai Party, Chusak Sirinil, saying the designation of “visitor’s house” does not indicate a permanent residence.

“A visitor’s house is for temporary stays of 7 to 10 days, not forever.”

Prasert Chantararuangthong, also from Pheu Thai, dismisses the army’s explanation that the PM needs to live in a military residence for security reasons, pointing out that the army is not responsible for prime ministerial security. Meanwhile, fellow Pheu Thai MP, Arunee Kasayanont, suggests the PM should pay attention to what the people are demanding and resign immediately, regardless of the verdict.

“General Prayut can make a graceful exit by resigning before December 2 and thus respond to the demand of demonstrators.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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