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BREAKING: NCPO relaxes ban on political activities

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The NCPO has announced that it will relax the political bans, restrictions and activities that had been issued since it took over the power four back in May 2014.

The relaxation details that include allowing political parties to elect their executives have now been promulgated in the Royal Gazette. The junta, National Council for Peace and Order, used its absolute power in Article 44 to relax the ban originally issued in 2014.

The ban was made originally to disperse political activism and partisanship following months of protests on the streets of Bangkok prior to the coup on May 14, 2014. The NCPO has used the Article 44 action as a blunt tool to keep politics out of the daily running of the country whilst the Junta proceeded to introduce a new constitution which was voted on my Thais last year, as well as crack down on croneyism and corruption.

Three of the top leaders of the NCPO, including the PM and two of the deputy PMs, re-iterated yesterday that the intention was to hold the next general election on February 24, 2019. The election, in theory, could happen any time after December 10, 2018 up to May next year.

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Soi Dog congratulates the Hanoi people’s committee ban on dog and cat meat trade

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Barely 24 hours after urging citizens to stop eating dogs and cats, Hanoi’s authorities have announced that the sale of dog meat will be banned from the central districts of the city from 2021.


The director of the city’s Department of Animal Health, Nguyen Ngoc Son, told Lao Dong Newspaper on Wednesday (September 12)...


“Following a direction from the city’s People’s Committee that called on residents to ease off eating dog meat, we are building a plan to gradually phase out the slaughtering and trading of dog meat.


“By 2021 there will be no dog meat restaurants in the city centre.”


The People’s Committee had asked city residents the previous day to stop eating dog and cat meat, and urged local district authorities to launch campaigns to warn people about the risks of contracting diseases, includi...

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MP numbers being shuffled around in lead up to Thai election

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Some of Thailand's key political parties are set to see a significant reduction in MPs after new regulations were issued reducing the number of constituency candidates.

For instance, Pheu Thai Party’s strongholds – the North and the Northeast – will lose 13 seats in Parliament, while the Democrat Party could lose six MPs, as the number of seats in the South and Bangkok has been reduced by three each.

Political analyst Stithorn Thananithichot said no parties were gaining an upper hand at this stage, adding that the impact of gerrymandering would only surface once the exact electoral boundaries are drawn.

"The political parties will have no choice but to make adjustments in accordance with the new boundaries."

The number of MPs from each province was published in the Royal Gazette yesterday. Since the number of constituency candidates have been reduced by 25 – from 375 in 2011 to 350 based on the new Constitution – the decrea...
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