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Thailand will stick to 2019 date for general election, deputy PM says

 

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Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan during an announcement the junta's two year accomplishments at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - There will be no delays to a general election planned in Thailand for 2019, the deputy prime minister said on Wednesday, amid the concerns of government critics and the opposition that it could be pushed back.

 

The military government, which came to power after a 2014 coup, has promised to hold an election between February and May next year, following repeated delays on the grounds of constitutional and legislative steps needed ahead of a vote.

 

"If you ask whether the election will be delayed, well, it is only others who are saying this, not the government," Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters.

 

"We are still looking at February 24."

 

Critics of the military government, including Thai opposition parties, have accused it of deliberately delaying the vote to consolidate its power base and ensure its influence over politics beyond a general election.

 

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, 64, who, as army chief, led the coup, has indicated he sees a public role for himself after the election to bring in a civilian government and end more than four years of military rule.

 

(Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

 
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Will he be borrowing any watches from his dead friend to wear during the campaign, I bet you my left one he won't be, or is he that stupid ?

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16 minutes ago, webfact said:

"We are still looking at February 24."

Just "looking"  then eh?

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So the minister for watches and all things corrupt has spoken! I will sleep peacefully tonight!

 

90% of Thais must be wondering where this 'Fruit Loop' is coming from?

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Well, there you go, Prawit. 3 posts in over an hour, pretty well demonstrates your total lack of credibility, amongst T-V posters, at least. Or, to put it another way, you're obsolete, irrelevant as well as corrupt . . . multi-skilled, almost.

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A better bet might find them creating the usual wag-the-dog scenario for the usual purposes of distraction.

Fully delaying or canceling any elections under an emergency act or some other item thought up for the moment. 

Don't expect elections to take place in February or April or any other time in the distant future. 

 

We really should expect such activity, as the traditional Thai establishment are feeling terribly threatened and insecure regarding the theatre that they project. 

 

Same as it ever was. 

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand will stick to 2019 date for general election,

The best signal yet the Junta Party is getting all their corrupt electoral ducks in a row.

Thai Niyom money has been allocated to friends in provincial provinces and village heads. The PM and his sidekick Prawit are denying anything that might suggest a rigged election; which is what it will be.

And this pair sit there foolishly thinking the world is not watching??? A storm is brewing!

 

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8 minutes ago, Cadbury said:

The best signal yet the Junta Party is getting all their corrupt electoral ducks in a row.

Thai Niyom money has been allocated to friends in provincial provinces and village heads. The PM and his sidekick Prawit are denying anything that might suggest a rigged election; which is what it will be.

And this pair sit there foolishly thinking the world is not watching??? A storm is brewing!

 

 

 

The world has little to do with this general farce. 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand will stick to 2019 date for general election, deputy PM says

 

About time already. Considering corruption's been wiped out, economy is booming, and happiness has been restored to the people. Chai-yo!

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43 minutes ago, Darcula said:

 

About time already. Considering corruption's been wiped out, economy is booming, and happiness has been restored to the people. Chai-yo!

 

Hidden Thainess defined.

Happily ever after.

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Election still set for Feb 24: Prawit

By The Nation

 

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Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan

 

Key government leaders maintained on Wednesday that the next general election would be held on February 24, dismissing speculation of possible postponement until late April.
 

Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said he was unaware of any factors that would cause the election, tentatively scheduled for February 24, to be put off further.

 

When asked if disturbances would be a factor for postponement, Prawit, who is in charge of security affairs, said risk factors mainly involved politics.

 

“Most people want to vote and there are no reasons to postpone the election,” he added.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam also said the tentative election date of February 24 had remained unchanged.

“I have never heard of any postponement. Everything is still the same,” he said.

 

The deputy PM was told that certain politicians had voiced concern that the election could be postponed until April 28. He responded that he wondered what could cause such concern.

 

Wissanu, who is in charge of the government’s legal affairs, also defended the four Cabinet members who still kept their seats after becoming executive members of Palang Pracharat Party, which is expected to nominate General Prayut Chan-o-cha as its prime ministerial candidate in the next election. 

 

However, Wissanu warned his fellow ministers to take extra caution in performing their duties, as they could commit wrongdoing if they used their positions to campaign for their party.

 

He also noted that the four ministers had suggested that they would step down when the time was right.

 

The four are Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee and Prime Minister's Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool.

 

Meanwhile, Democrat Party politician Ramet Ratanachaweng on Wednesday said if the four ministers opted to remain in office now, they had to avoid taking advantage of political competitors through their government positions.

 

“They should make sure there is transparency and equality in the political ring. Do not use their power and duty to help their party campaign. Doing so is against good governance,” he said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30355727

 
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18 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand will stick to 2019 date for general election, deputy PM says

No doubt, but they will shackle the competing parties as long as possible to keep the deck stacked.

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

Prayuth Chan-ocha, 64, who, as army chief, led the coup, has indicated he sees a public role for himself after the election

He'd be lucky to get a job, cleaning public toilets, in a 'proper' government.

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2 hours ago, BobBKK said:

"indicated he sees a public role for himself after the election"

 

What a surprise!  how about 'Minister for Timekeeping'?  

In the Ministry of possessions of deceased fellow citizens?

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This is a real cause for concern. If the Toad is claiming this is a solid date we know it is going to move. The only chance it won't is if the junta feels all of the pieces are in place stealing the election...which is even more frightening than watching the Toad's lips move.

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On 10/3/2018 at 2:43 PM, webfact said:

 . . . Prayuth Chan-ocha, 64, who, as army chief, led the coup, has indicated he sees a public role for himself after the election . . .

A public role for himself? . . . . no problem. How about as a 'warm-up' performer to get the audience of millions ready for Thanathorn's victory speech, next February. Dancing with a cardboard model or dressed in SCUBA gear and flippers and making as if to swim through a cave might go down well.

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