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Thailand’s political landscape will stay volatile despite PM’s acquittal – Nida Poll

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A new Nida poll indicates that people think Thailand’s political landscape will remain volatile despite the recent court clearance of PM Prayut. Around 27% responded to the Nida poll by saying the situation would be more contentious and worrying after his clearance from the Constitutional Court over his occupancy of a military residenceafter retiring in 2014 as the military’s leader.

As protests have rocked the country nationwide, in both their scope and subject matter, almost 23% believed the current political climate would continue to be as contentious as before, but do say they aren’t “worried” as the court has upheld the PM’s appointment. Almost 18% of pollsters agreed that the climate would be more contentious, but still remain unworried. While 17% say they are worried about the political turmoil and feel it will stay the same.

One thing is clear, however, that only a small percentage, about 7%, of those polled, feel the situation would actually calm down the political landscape with a few less responding that there was nothing to worry about. As the news has made headlines worldwide, with Germany even being dragged into the chaos, only about 1% responded to the poll by choosing “no answer” or indicating that they were not interested in the poll’s questions.

People were also asked in the survey as to whether they think the leading People’s Group, who has staged most of the anti-government protests, would step up its presence after the court’s ruling affirmed the PM’s appointment, and contradicting their demands of his resignation. About 35% believed the pro-democracy groups would step up its protests, but would fail in pressuring the government to meet its demands, while 29% think the protests not increase. That percentage also agrees that the group would not be able to persuade the government to make its requested changes.

Such changes include the resignation of PM Prayut, along with a manifestothat listed a constitutional rewrite as one of its demands by the group. Only a mere 12% actually think the government would yield to the group’s demands, while 8% believe the group would actually scale down its protests, with the government also not yielding to its demands.

The Nida Poll study was conducted on December 3 and 4 on 1,315 people across the nation, aged 18 years or older, with varying levels of education and occupations.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    James Pate

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    In 25 years NIDA has never called me for an opinion. Why is that? In any case, I believe the court decided correctly and its reasoning was sound.

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      Bernd Stucken

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Sure…, since when an internal regulation is above the Constitution? Always funny to see foreigners – that should have been properly educated – not knowing so many basic things?!?

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Of course it will stay volatile, and become worse!
    Keeping an army house rent free after this tyrant left the army. How can that be right?
    In fact the army chief ordered all ex army personnel to leave army accommodation.
    So why did they disobey orders?
    The army said leave, and now they say it is all right due to our regulations they can keep the houses.
    It is corruption pure and simple.

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      Dreamon

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      The dictatorship must end.

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    dang

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 4:11 am

    When will he be arrested for shooting dead that general in front of Central World 10 years ago?

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The US Ambassador to Thailand seems to have quit after only serving less than 1 year in office and moments after President Biden’s inauguration. Michael George DeSombre, who was appointed by President Trump in early 2020, made the announcement of his departure on the embassy’s official social media platform yesterday. A day before, he met with PM Prayut to “thank the Royal Thai Government” as is customary with departing ambassadors. DeSombre succeeded career diplomat Glyn T. Davies.

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will order legal action against anyone who “distorts information” about the government’s Covid-19 vaccination plan after the banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had raised the topic of “Royal Vaccine: Who Benefits and Who Doesn’t?” on his Facebook Live feed on Monday.

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