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Chairith Yonpiam

Assistant news editor

Chairith Yonpiam is assistant news editor, Bangkok Post.

Chairith Yonpiam
13 Feb 2021

In our politics, time really can stand still

A number of political developments, ie the waning pro-reform movement and the major loss of the Move Forward Party in local elections, may have given the Prayut Chan-o-cha government and the Palang Pracharath Party such a false sense of confidence that they feel they can now move to delay the process of rewriting the constitution.

13 Feb 2021 21
In our politics, time really can stand still
30 Jan 2021

How this censure might differ from last

All eyes are on opposition parties as another motion of no-confidence in the government draws near. The debate, tentatively scheduled for Feb 16-19, will be a test to see whether the bloc can make a difference, unlike in the previous attempt.

30 Jan 2021 18
How this censure might differ from last
16 Jan 2021

PM's words ring hollow over scandals

Scandals involving gambling dens and migrant labour smuggling, which have been blamed for the latest coronavirus outbreak, are a test of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's leadership.

16 Jan 2021 36
PM's words ring hollow over scandals
19 Dec 2020

Maybe pause for reflection is needed?

The temporary break in the political rallies announced by firebrand protest leader Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak may give the impression that the pro-reform Khana Ratsadon movement is waning.

19 Dec 2020 41
Maybe pause for reflection is needed?
10 Dec 2020

New charter may not be democratic

Today marks Thailand's Constitution Day, arguably one of the most forgotten political dates in national history.

10 Dec 2020 21
New charter may not be democratic
21 Nov 2020

Ray of charter hope for end to unrest

Progress in the charter rewrite process, with parliamentary endorsement of two draft bills proposed by the government and the opposition, gives a ray of hope that there could be a peaceful solution to the ongoing political conflict.

21 Nov 2020 45
Ray of charter hope for end to unrest
7 Nov 2020

Light at end of tunnel for unity panel?

At first glance, it seems the formation of the reconciliation committee has hit a snag as the idea is opposed by some opposition parties, and the anti-dictatorship movement. But there are signs that those opposed to it may get back to the negotiating table, signalling light at the end of the tunnel.

7 Nov 2020 19
Light at end of tunnel for unity panel?
24 Oct 2020

New rules needed as endgame nears

Society is holding its breath as today marks the deadline of the anti-dictatorship movement's demand for embattled Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign. Will there be a confrontation? How will it end?

24 Oct 2020 30
New rules needed as endgame nears
10 Oct 2020

Rally needs public support to succeed

The recent anti-dictatorship movement may have to encounter an inconvenient truth in its forthcoming rally on Wednesday if the number of protesters is not as big as it had hoped. This possible setback is from the movement's misguided strategy.

10 Oct 2020 55
Rally needs public support to succeed
26 Sep 2020

Charter rewrite backtracking a mistake

A political crisis seems unavoidable after politicians in the government coalition and the military-appointed Senate colluded in a charter rewrite vote which, in effect, slows down the rewrite process by another month.

26 Sep 2020 46
Charter rewrite backtracking a mistake