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The 2019 election clock is revealed

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The countdown is now ticking as the pieces click together for next year’s election – the first since the Thai army took control in a peaceful coup in May 2014, ousting the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government.

Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngarm has presented the clearest political timeline yet that will lead to a general election on February 24, 2019, the appointment of the next prime minister and the forming of a new government two months after that. Wissanu has clearly laid out all the steps on the roadmap which will lead to a new, elected Thai government.

Wissanu said the Election Commission will announce a promulgation of the Royal Decree for the election of members of the parliament between December 16-27 simultaneously to be accompanied by the lifting of political restrictions by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

Thai PBS reports that, according to this timeline, the charter-mandated law for the election of MPs will come into force on December 11 requiring the election to be held within 150 days — with May 9 as the latest date.

On January 2, the EC will submit a shortlist of 200 potential senators to be screened down to 50 with another 50 on the reserve list.

Within 5 days after the promulgation of the Royal Decree on MPs election, the EC will announce the election date, the dates for application of candidates for the election and the number of MPs for each constituency.

Within 25 days as of the promulgation of the Royal Decree, application for election candidates kicks off and will last five days during which parties must submit the names of their candidates for the premiership to the EC for official announcement.

Election for 350 constituency MPs and 150 party list MPs to be held on February 24. Results of the election will have to be formally announced by April 24 or within 60 days after the polling day.

April 27, NCPO handpicks 50 senators plus another 194 others and six ex-officio senators followed by a Royal Command endorsing all the 250 senators.

In May, the term of the National Legislative Assembly will come to an end, one day before HM the King  formally announces the opening of the parliament.  The Royal appointment of the prime minister, the cabinet, the oath taking by the cabinet members and the end of the term of the NCPO will take place after May 8.

SOURCE: Thai PBS



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Woman badly injured in Rayong car accident

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PHOTOS: สื่อสาร 01 / Siam Rayong Rescue Foundation

Rescue workers took two hours to free a woman from a car following a road incident in Rayong south east of Bangkok.

The Siam Rayong Rescue Foundation has reported that they were notified of the incident in Rayong city at 7am this morning.

Rescue workers arrived to find a car overturned after colliding at speed with a tree on the side of the road.

Rescue workers used four set of hydraulic cutters to free the injured passengers from the car. One woman suffered two broken legs and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Looking at the wreckage it is a wonder no one was killed.

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Thai Airways charges British passenger 80,000 baht for extra luggage

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A British expat has been charged a whopping 79,825.13 baht by Thai Airways for extra luggage on a flight to London from Bangkok.

The report was posted by Thai Visa.

The incident occurred when the man in question (who is not named) was on the Thai Airways website purchasing 20kg extra luggage each way, and was quoted 975.90 Thai baht, a reasonable price. But when the automatic receipt was generated and the man was shocked to find out that the transaction had been processed by Thai Airways in British pounds, not Thai Baht.

The cost of the original ticket was of 544 Pounds ( 22,234.08 baht) and now he had been charged 1,951.80 POUNDS (79,825.13 baht) for the luggage.

The ‘victim’ logged into his Barclays mobile banking App to find that the transaction was there and still pending. The situation was made worse when the man called customer service at Thai Airways, who he says ‘did nothing to help him’.

On the phone with the airline, he says that they were ‘absolutely awful’, rude, dismissive, and even told him ‘you have to pay’. When he asked the airline for a refund they weren’t willing to acknowledge the problem or even investigate. He tried to explain to them that there must be a glitch in their system as the currency has changed without the price being adjusted.

With no help from Thai Airways it was the man’s bank who were more rational and could see that this was a suspicious charge. Barclay’s flagged the transaction as fraudulent, which triggered an instant insurance claim, and had the man refunded the full amount back to this account.

The insurance company will now pursue claims against Thai Airways to recover the amount.

“They’ve made it completely clear that they don’t give a sh*t about their customers. 80,000 baht for one bag is just madness! A grain of common sense was all that was needed to resolve this amicably, but Thai Airways would rather steal from returning customers than help them. I will never use Thai Airways again, and I will warn everyone of their unethical practices and lack of integrity.”

Over to you Thai Airways…

SOURCE: Thai Visa 

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So long, farewell – Yingluck says goodbye to Thai politics

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Former Thai PM, and fugitive, Yingluck Shinawatra is saying she has “washed her hands of Thai politics” because she has suffered enough from her political role in the past.

In a Twitter post she denied a report in Thai newspapers that she had personally nominated a former minister to become Pheu Thai party’s candidate for PM in the forthcoming election, saying that the nomination process is an internal matter for the party.

Ms Yingluck says that for the time being she has had a lot of work and responsibilities to take care of.

Former PM Yingluck has been living in self-exile with her elder brother, former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra.  She ‘did a runner’ and secretly escaped Thai borders in the days before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices handed down a five year sentence on her for her failure to stop massive corruption in the controversial rice pledging scheme of her government in September 2017.

International media reported last week stated that Ms Yingluck used a Cambodian passport to register a company in Hong Kong, lending weight to reports she used the neighbouring kingdom to make her dramatic escape from her homeland.

The former PM was also recently named chair of a Chinese port operator in Guangdong province as her family’s political dynasty grow their business presence in southern China.

Yingluck and her billionaire brother Thaksin Shinawatra were both elected prime minister but were toppled in military coups – Thaksin in 2006 and Yingluck in 2014.

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