Thai voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed constitution

/ Aug 7, 2016

Thai voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed constitution

Thai voters Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed — rather than elected — officials. With 91 percent of the ballots counted, 62 percent of voters in the ...

Mar 29, 2016

Thailand's proposed new constitution unveiled to the public

Thailand’s proposed new constitution was unveiled to the public on Tuesday amid criticism the charter is undemocratic and gives too much power to the military that staged a coup two years ago. The military government, which had banned criticism of the proposed constitution prior ...

Thaksin advises red shirt opposition to 'play dead' — for now

/ Sep 21, 2015

Thaksin advises red shirt opposition to 'play dead' — for now

From self-imposed exile, the influential leader of Thailand’s rural red shirt opposition movement has delivered a simple message to followers chafing at the military junta’s iron rule: lay low for now, don’t panic, “play dead.” Billionaire former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, longtime political leader ...