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PATONG: Patong’s dramatic municipal election developed a fresh twist today when the brother of accused Mayor Surasak Maneesri was nominated for the leading role in his place. But K. Surasak stressed his desire to prove his innocence of allegations of disreputable behavior and replace his brother, Chalermsak, as candidate for mayor before the polls on November 16 and 17. While 300 people outside the Patong Municipal Office today cheered on both parties contesting the polls, the 38 election candidates were inside, having their ballot numbers drawn. In anticipation of Patong being declared a Tessabaan Muang (town) there will be two elections: one for the position of mayor and the other for members of the municipal council. Coming out with the advantage on the ballot paper was K. Surasak’s rival, former mayor Pian Keesin. He drew No 1, leaving K. Chalermsak with No 2 on the mayoral ballot papers. This means that, on the ballot papers for the councilors, K. Pian’s Palang Patong party will have numbers 1 to 18 while the candidates from the brothers Maneesri’s Patong Gao-na will be numbered 19 to 36. Candidates have until October 15 to register for the elections. But because only two groups have declared their readiness to run, Somkiet Kwansuwan, Palad of Patong, and the Election Commission agreed that the numbers should be drawn today. Mayor Surasak was accused of disreputable behavior and was last week ordered by the then-Interior Minister, Purachai Piemsomboon, to step down from his position – just a day before his role as mayor expired. Onlookers listened with fascination today as the key role-players reviewed the state of play. K. Pian said with a smile, “My team and I are ready for this election and ready to develop Patong. I think what happened to K. Surasak does not give us any advantage because our group already has the support of the people of Patong. “They’ve seen what we’ve done in the past. We also screened everyone in our team to make sure that there won’t be any candidates who will use their membership of the council for personal benefit.” Later K. Chalermsak said, “To be a candidate in place of my brother is not something that we [Patong Gao-na] just decided. I had been prepared because we knew that someone had it in for my brother. “There isn’t another good politician like him. I believe that we are still ready to work for Patong and I myself have a good reputation, having been involved in local politics for years.” Ex-mayor Surasak said of his appeal to the Administrative Court in Bangkok, “I will win the case for sure. I am keen to have an answer from the court because I want to be a candidate. I will be back for the election. However, if the case is not finished in time, I can still can be adviser to my brother. “It’s interesting that the order came just one day before my position expired.” In a message apparently directed at K. Pian, he said, “To anyone who thinks he already has it sweet, please don’t be careless.” K. Somkiet said he expected a 60% turnout for the vote and hoped the new two-part system would be understood. “Up until October 15 we will be checking all the documents submitted by the candidates,” he said. “And after that we will check their qualifications again.”



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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