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Yingluck's impeachment 'will likely continue'
Khanittha Thepphajorn
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The impeachment process against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is likely to be continued even though the ruling junta has dissolved the Senate, legal expert Komsarn Pokong said yesterday.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has indicted Yingluck over the rice-pledging scheme, and also indicted former Parliament president Somsak Kiatsuranont and his deputy Nikom Wairatpanij in a charter amendment case.

In the next step, the Senate would have had to vote on whether to impeach them.

Although the Senate had been dissolved by the junta, Komsarn said he strongly believed the responsibility would be transferred to the National Legislative Assembly, which is to be set up in the future.

A similar case happened when former National Human Rights Commissioner Jaran Ditapichai was removed from duty after joining the red-shirt movement.

"The impeachment process is likely to continue as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has allowed the NACC to continue functioning, so the consequences of its work is likely to be maintained and proceeded with," Komsarn said.

"However, I am concerned that the NCPO has not given an outline for the independent agencies' mandate and work. Therefore, the agencies can barely do anything." Komsarn, who was opposed to the deposed Pheu Thai government, said.

Separately, Senate secretary-general Norarut Pimsen said the relevant people would have a meeting to discuss issues related to the impeachment process.

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-- The Nation 2014-05-27

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11 arrested, charged over anti-coup protests

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Police interrogated some 11 people, believed to be anti-coup protest leaders, at the Crime Suppression Division yesterday before charging them with violating martial law.

The 11 individuals were rounded up from different protest sites such as Pathumwan intersection, Victory Monument and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre at the weekend.

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-- The Nation 2014-05-27

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Court delays trying cases filed by PDRC
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The Civil Court yesterday postponed the case filed against former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, former labour minister Chalerm Yoobamrung and former national police Chief Adul Saengsingkaew by People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Thaworn Senneam.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/729406-civil-court-delays-trying-cases-filed-by-pdrc/

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Show of support for soldiers
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- A group of Foreign Ministry officials yesterday provided food and other basic necessities to soldiers stationed at Phya Thai intersection in a show of support.

The group, calling themselves "Change is Inevitable", also read a statement voicing support for General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the National Council for Peace and Order chief.

The statement said the group supported Prayuth's move to pull the country out of the crisis and efforts to bring about peace, reform, unity, equality, fair election, efficient and just administration and good governance.

A group of Phya Thai residents called Smart Thai also presented flowers, food and supplies to the soldiers.

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-- The Nation 2014-05-27

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Pope takes on 'increasingly unacceptable' Middle East conflict

JERUSALEM - Pope Francis celebrated mass at a contested Jerusalem site on Monday at the end of a whirlwind pilgrimage which saw him making a personal bid for Middle East peace.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/729409-pope-takes-on-increasingly-unacceptable-middle-east-conflict/

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New fault line in Nan is actually the old fault line of Pua

CHIANG RAI, 27 May 2014 (NNT) - Director of the Bureau of Environment Geology under the Department of Mineral Resources, Sombun Kosittanont, has warned people in Chiang Rai of landslides and flash floods in the hillside areas and Mae Lao River banks.


According to Mr. Sombun, the areas are prone to the natural disaster as rains start to come down while the post-quake aftershocks still loom over the province and its vicinity. He said the aftershocks also cause him to give warnings on weaker structural integrity of small reservoirs in the quake-affected zones.

Regarding the recent discovery of a new fault line in Nan Province following an aftershock in the area last Saturday, Director Sombun clarified however that it was actually a part of the Pua fault line that triggered the 6.5 richter scale quake in Chiang Mai earlier this month.

He said the aftershock was a natural occurrence as the earth adjusts itself after an earthquake, while giving his estimate that the aftershocks would dissipate within a month.

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Army’s priority is to maintain peace and order: Gen Prayuth

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) – National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha says the army’s main priority is to maintain order and restore peace in the nation. He however gives no time frame for a general election.


In the wake of anti-coup protests, Gen Prayuth assured that the NCPO would do its best to maintain law and order, indicating that the army would have no choice but to use force if protests flare up again. His address came after he was given a royal endorsement appointing him as the head of military council to administer the country.

When asked about the election, Gen Prayuth said he hoped to hold elections soon but could not fix how long the army would stay in power.

The NCPO chief also warned all sides not to violate the law, use weapons, nor stage any protest that would create restive situation.

Lastly, he added anyone who insults the monarchy or violates the military's orders will be tried in a military court.

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NCPO chief says will work to ensure order and reconciliation

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) – Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha asserted after receiving royal appointment to the post of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that he was not aiming to gain power with the coup, but the objective was to prevent conflicts from escalating in the country.


General Prayuth explained on Monday that the NCPO now had full authority in country administration and that during the immediate period, such administration will be carried out by military officials who will coordinate with other state agencies. He also asked that everyone take caution regarding the regulations currently enforced.

Gen. Prayuth indicated the NCPO had assigned work to the permanent secretaries of each ministry, for them to perform in place of ministers, but any actions that were beyond the power vested in the permanent secretary would have to first be approved by the NCPO chief.

According to Gen. Prayuth, the main mission of the NCPO is to maintain order in the country, and the council will be making reforms in issues that brought about the earlier conflicts, before it leads the country toward democracy.

Asked when an election can take place, Gen. Prayuth said the situation must return to normal first, but he was willing to work to make this happen as soon as possible.

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Chambers of Commerce says economy might grow 3% this year if stability continues

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) – The Chambers of Commerce has indicated that the economy could improve in the latter half of the year as consumer confidence gets better following the seizing of power by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

Representatives from chambers of commerce from all 5 regions met on Monday to discuss the current situation, and came to consensus that the ceasing of political protests would restore consumer confidence. They also viewed that the NCPO's policy to speedily disburse money owed to rice farmers would increase liquidity in the economy.

According to the chambers of commerce, economic growth may reach 3% this year if the situation remains stable. This would be an improvement from the earlier 1.5% growth forecast by the private sector.

According to a survey of the opinions from all provincial chambers of commerce, 46.40% viewed that the economy will improve in the 2nd half of the year.

The chambers of commerce will meet again before they present their economic stimulus suggestions, which will emphasize border trade, to the NCPO.

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All banks ready to extend combined Bt90 bn in loans to Finance Ministry to pay overdue rice subsidy payments to farmers /The Nation



Japanese investors urged National Council for Peace,Order to continue ex-PM Yingluck's flood prevention projects /The Nation



Chinese Foreign Ministry: China hopes communication, cooperation with Thailand will continue despite changes of political situation /The Nation




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NCPO summons 16 more individuals to report Tuesday

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BANGKOK: -- The National Council for Peace and Order Monday night summoned 16 politicians and a former Parliament president to report today.

Of the 16 persons called to report is a father of two children who were killed in the M 79 grenade attack on the protest site of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee at Ratchaprasong.

The politicians included veteran politician Banharn Silpa-archa, outspoken politician Chuwit Kamolvisit, and former Senate and Parliament president Ukrit Mongkolnavin.

Others include Witthaya Kaewparadai, a core leader of People’s Democratic Reform Committee core leader and Democrat MP Rangsima Rodrasamee.

An aide of Mr Banharn said Tuesday morning that the chairman of the advisory board of the Chart Thai Pattana party will report to the NCPO today.

Tanakorn Yos-ubon, the father of a boy and a girl killed in the grenade attack at Ratchaprasong on February 23 is among the 16 persons summoned. He was said to be a redshirt supporter.

The NCPO also announced the same night for those who have not reported a chance to report again Tuesday until 4.00 p.m.

Failure to report will face two years in prison and a fine of 40,000 baht, and also would have all their financial and asset transfer activities frozen.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/ncpo-summons-16-individuals-report-tuesday/

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-- Thai PBS 2014-05-27

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7 business groups meet to map economic reforms for NCPO consideration /MCOT

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