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Thailand's Return to Democracy May Raise Tension

By Sunil Jagtiani

 

- Abhisit Vejjajiva sees potential tension in parliament

- Democrat Party leader expects polls after June next year

 

BANGKOK: -- Thailand faces the risk of discord between appointed senators and elected representatives after its expected return to democracy next year, according to former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

 

Critics say the country’s 20th constitution will lead to an upper chamber that gives appointed soldiers, judges and bureaucrats the power to stifle politicians voted into the House of Representatives. Abhisit said if a coalition or single party manages to achieve a lower-house majority, senators could in theory try to block its candidate for prime minister.

 

"There could well be a tug-of-war after the election," the 53-year-old leader of the Democrat Party said in an interview on Aug. 8 in Bangkok. "I don’t subscribe to the view that the way it’s written means that the senators can call the shots. It’s not as easy as some people think."

 

Full story: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-10/thailand-faces-tug-of-war-after-next-election-ex-premier-says

 

-- Bloomberg 2017-08-11

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Raymonddiaz    1,296

appointed senators ( soldiers) and real senators ( elected) can get along well. It's as simple as 1+ 1 = 2.

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Lupatria    5,800
2 hours ago, webfact said:

after its expected return to democracy next year

...and he really believes what he said???

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2 hours ago, yellowboat said:

Am gob smacked when people actually say they wanted this; the coup, the restricted rights, lack of say in government. 

What restrictions are you currently experiencing?

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tracker1    1,990

He need not worry can't see democracy happening in the near future with the Junta holding power now and in a government if the is ever an election and a Supreme General that appears wanting to remain !

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sawadee1947    851
5 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand faces the risk of discord between appointed senators and elected representatives after its expected return to democracy next year,

that is not a democracy if senators are appointed but not elected

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sawadee1947    851
12 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

It's just another subtle variation on what has been perpetually labeled as Thailand's 'special' democracy by successive, unelected former generals, their sycophants, scoundrels and various other hangers-on.

 

Twas ever thus.

That is true.....but if they are not blamed they might not know

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Srikcir    6,291
6 hours ago, webfact said:

"I don’t subscribe to the view that the way it’s written means that the senators can call the shots. It’s not as easy as some people think."

Abhisit refutes senators can call the shots because "it's not as easy as some people think." Whether its easy or hard, the senatorial process exists that does allow the senate to control House legislation and even appoint an unelected PM.

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