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Opposition leader Suu Kyi registers to run in Myanmar by-election
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PHUKET: Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday registered to run for a parliamentary seat in Myanmar’s upcoming by-election, a Burmese news organization in exile reported.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner officially filed to run for the near-rural constituency of Kawhmu, on the outskirts of Rangoon, during the April 1 by-election. Hundreds of supporters of the 66-year-old democracy icon’s National League for Democracy party gathered outside of the commission office, Mizzima News reported.

Observers believe Suu Kyi might be offered a position in health, education of the ethnic affairs area, Mizzima noted. The famed politician spent 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest until her release in November 2010.

Suu Kyi’s political party, the newly-reformed National League for Democracy, will seek seats in up to 48 constituencies throughout the country at various levels of government.

In December, Suu Kyi, responding to fears that her image and reputation would be lessened as a member of Parliament, said: “Some people worry about my reputation if I contest the by-elections. We shouldn’t do politics for our reputation. We have to do what we think we should do. If I think I should, I will compete in the election.”

Myanmar held its first elections in 20 years in November 2010, paving the way for the end of 49 years of military rule. The country has undergone a rapid number of political changes in the past year, including the loosening of press laws, legalizing the right to demonstrate and organize as workers, the release of leading political prisoners, and ethnic cease-fire agreements.

Last week, the government signed a cease-fire agreement with Karen rebels in Hpaan, the capital of the eastern Karen state. However, in the past, the Karen National Union (KNU) has signed six cease-fire agreements with the government, all of which have been broken.

The Karen civil war has been ongoing for more than six decades, forcing generations of Karen to flee to the jungle in fear of their lives. Since the internal conflict began in 1948, an estimated 500,000 people have been killed.

With new found time, ex-British PM enjoys being able to focus on single issues of concern
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PHUKET: Suthichai Yoon: In your memoir, you said that you enjoyed your new life more than the old life. How is that possible, old life meaning prime minister for 10 years?

Tony Blair: Being prime minister is a huge privilege. “Enjoy” is the wrong word because the pressure is also enormous. And the thing is that you have to deal with everything that comes at you. In my new life, I am able to concentrate on certain things; it might be the Middle East or my faith foundation, African charities, or climate change. I am able to concentrate on certain key issues and the pressures aren’t the same. My new life is probably more enjoyable. But my old life was a privilege.

SY: What is more productive?

TB: It’s productive in a different way. Funny enough, when I was prime minister, I increased our aid to Africa. I trebled it; that’s one impact. But today I work with the governments in Africa to make change. And I also have an impact but it’s different.

SY: Is the sense of satisfaction more now than before?

TB: Not more but it’s equal. So one of the foundations that I like to do here in Thailand is how you get people in different faiths and different cultures together to learn about different cultures and traditions. I have foundations operating in many countries to get people in school to learn about different faiths. Something I could never do as prime minister. But I can do it now

SY: If you were prime minister now, what would be your advice to the euro-zone leaders in dealing with the debt crisis?

TB: If Europe wants to save the single currency, it’s got to demonstrate that Europe, as a whole, including creditor nations, are 100 per cent committed to standing behind the European currency. If you are not willing to do that, the market will continue to demand very high amounts of money for Italian and Spanish bonds. And in the end, it will become unsustainable. The whole point about the single currency is that it has to correct the essential design flaw that that was there in the original concept when the politics and economics weren’t in alignment.

SY: Are they aligning?

TB: There’s growing alignment in politics and economics. They are taking measures. We’ve come a long way but the time is short. And the situation is critical. It is a very difficult decision, by the way. So I have total sympathy for leaders who take this decision. The risk is they take the decision two months behind the curve. So you constantly take the decisions just when the curve has already moved on.

SY: One step behind the crisis?

TB: Yes.

SY: Do you think that the German chancellor and French president are really up to the task?

TB: They are both highly capable, very committed people. This is incredibly difficult. The worst thing in politics is when you face these choices. There is no middle way and both choices are ugly. And that’s the situation.

SY: How would you advise them?

TB: To break up the single currency will be very severe and bad for Germany, bad for the creditor countries. So my view is that they should make a full commitment to the single currency.

SY: Is the bailout package at the moment sufficient?

TB: Not if people think there’s a limit to how far you are prepared to go. If you hold Italian bonds and you think there’s any prospect of the bonds not being honored, you are going to demand a high premium. The difference between the US and Europe is that for the central bank, in the end, they can stand by their currency. It’s not possible to walk out. There is a long-term question that Germany is rightly focusing on, which is to do with reforming the European structure, in my view. These are long term issues. In the short term, people need to know that Europe is behind this currency. If they believe there is any gap in that commitment, even small gap, you have trouble.

SY: Since you left office five years ago, has the world become a less dangerous place?

TB: It has not become a less dangerous place. My view of this is, you’ve got the basic question on security, which is the question about radical Islam. It is a long-term issue that will take generations to defeat. It requires security to deal with. My view of this, to which some disagree strongly, is that we’ve got the basic question on security terms. The question about Islamic extremism will take a generation to deal with. This not a short term fix. It requires security measures and, on the other hand, it requires us to realise that it’s part of the religious problem. And you’ve got to deal with it.

SY: Is it a security or religious problem?

TB: It’s combined – the underlying root of this lies in a perversion of it. People engage in this, believing that they deal with religion. People find religion a difficult issue in politics. So, people want to say it’s a religions issue not politics. You can say that. So, if you don’t deal with the religious aspect, you don’t deal with the issue. Extremists are prepared to use terrorist measures

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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PM Prayut postponing Covid‐19 vaccination citing paperwork issues

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Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is postponing his inaugural Covid‐19 vaccination citing paperwork issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment. According to Khaosod English, the vaccine shipment was sent to Thailand last Wednesday from South Korea, but was missing the additional required paperwork.

Prayut was supposed to receive the vaccine tomorrow, but the highly‐publicised event will not be happening. According to Khaosod English, an official at the Secretariat of the Prime Minister has also confirmed the news of the postponement without citing a reason.

Although the Sinovac vaccine is also being administered in Thailand, healthcare officials say Prayut is too old to receive it as its age limit is 60. Prayut is 66 years old, which is well over the oldest age that can receive the vaccine.

The Sinovac vaccine drive is set to commence on Monday, 2 weeks behind schedule. Those frontline health workers, hospitality workers and vulnerable groups will receive the vaccines first.

Meanwhile, Phuket is waiting for the green lightto start administering vaccines and has already held a vaccine administration rehearsal overseen by Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

The government pandemic center reported 72 new confirmed infections on Friday, after first only reporting 45 new cases. 37 of those cases were locally-transmitted, and one 6 year old Thai girl returning from the UK was found to have tested positive for the virus. Samut Sakhon, again, reported over half of the new cases yesterday, as it remains the epicentre of Thailand’s second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The total virus tally in Thailand sits at 25,764, with 83 fatalities. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has not yet announced the amount of new cases for today.

There is no word yet on when PM Prayut will be rescheduled to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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Thailand News Today | Week In Review | February 26

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Thailand News Today usually covers five days of the news week. This week only four days as today (Friday) is a public holiday. Now we have a weekend edition which goes over the biggest, or best stories, from the past week. Out every Saturday afternoon, catch up with Jett and Tim’s major Thai news stories. Welcome to the Thailand News Today Week in Review. Tim and Jett give you a quick recap of the main news stories.

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45 new cases today, 37 local‐Covid‐19‐Update

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Thailand reports 45 new cases of Covid-19cases today, with 37 infections being locally-transmitted. 8 of those infections were imported, raising the total amount of infections since the pandemic began to 25,809.

The Department of Disease Control reports that 32 cases were confirmed at hospitals with 5 confirmed through active case finding in communities.

Samut Sakhon province, the 2nd wave epicentre, reported over half of the new cases at 19. 14 of those cases were confirmed at hospitals and 5 were detected in Myanmar communities. Bangkok has reported 3 new cases, Nakhon Nayok reported 5, Chai Nat 3, Nakhon Pathom 3, Saraburi 2, Prachuap Khiri Khan 1, and Samut Prakan 1.

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The 8 imported cases were those under quarantine arriving from Pakistan, Bangladesh, the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Kuwait. The case from the UK was that of a 6 year old Thai schoolgirl.

Globally, Covid-19 cases rose by 444,466 over the past day to 113.54 million. The worldwide death toll increased by 10,552 to 2.52 million. The United States still has the most cases at 29.5 million, with the most deaths at 520,785.

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