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Suranand Vejjajiva

Former secretary-general to the prime minister

Suranand Vejjajiva was secretary-general to the prime minister during the Yingluck Shinawatra government and is now a political analyst.

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Suranand Vejjajiva
2 May 2018

Siphoning MPs

A new political party without infrastructure won't have the votes necessary to select a prime minister - thus the hoovering of experienced politicians.

2 May 2018 5
Siphoning MPs
25 Apr 2018

Political seesaw

There are two sides of the coin on populism, and while the new law on 'fiscal discipline' is well intended, it keeps power firmly at the centre.

25 Apr 2018 13
Political seesaw
18 Apr 2018

Siege at Bangkok

By its appointments to City Hall, the NCPO could use the BMA infrastructure to favour candidates in local and national elections.

18 Apr 2018
Siege at Bangkok
11 Apr 2018

Extending the junta

Three groups of political players are on the move in setting up parties to extend the life of the NCPO and make Gen Prayut the outside prime minister.

11 Apr 2018 17
Extending the junta
4 Apr 2018

Conspiracy of parties

Political parties now will have smaller number of members, maintaining only enough required by law, since it is now more costly and dangerous.

4 Apr 2018 2
Conspiracy of parties
28 Mar 2018

Parties preparing

As a new generation joins the political scene, Pheu Thai risks losing leadership of the progressive platforms and its mantle as the defender of democracy.

28 Mar 2018 9
Parties preparing
21 Mar 2018

Stop procrastinating

The regime requires more time to ensure its power continues into the future, so it uses a delay tactic of interpreting organic laws to delay the roadmap.

21 Mar 2018 16
Stop procrastinating
14 Mar 2018

Why democracy matters

The current authoritarian political structure does not serve the needs of the people, cannot manage the economy, and will not be sustainable.

14 Mar 2018 8
Why democracy matters
7 Mar 2018

Wipe the slate clean

The only political bright spot seems to be the party of Messrs Thanatorn and Piyabutr Saengkanokul, branded as the party of the new generation.

7 Mar 2018 14
Wipe the slate clean
13 Jun 2017

Inside the video game

With its 'Reset' button, our leaders feel they can just start all over any time they get into a bind, but that's not the way democracy works.

13 Jun 2017 19
Inside the video game