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Chairith Yonpiam

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Chairith Yonpiam is assistant news editor, Bangkok Post.

Chairith Yonpiam
19 Nov 2022

PPRP's break-up all part of the 'plan'

When all the Apec summit formalities are over, it's likely Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will make the uncertainty about his political future clearer, particularly over whether he will cut links with the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) and align with the Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party (RTSCP), recently set up by his close aides. One thing is clear, he has no plan to leave politics.

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PPRP's break-up all part of the 'plan'
5 Nov 2022

Don't rule out Pheu Thai-PPRP coalition

Attempts by the Pheu Thai Party to flirt with the ruling Palang Pracharath demonstrate the long-standing bond between fugitive ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

5 Nov 2022 51
Don't rule out Pheu Thai-PPRP coalition
22 Oct 2022

New parties present faint flicker of hope

With lingering political polarisation, some people have been looking at alternative "third" parties, hoping they may be able to steer the country out of the challenges it faces.

22 Oct 2022 15
New parties present faint flicker of hope
8 Oct 2022

PPRP has tough election road ahead

The Constitutional Court ruling that allowed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to continue to serve the country as PM was hardly a surprise.

8 Oct 2022 20
PPRP has tough election road ahead
24 Sep 2022

Weed bill opens coalition rifts before poll

Now that the government is on the last lap of its present tenure, with the next election on the horizon, politicians are rolling up their sleeves ahead of a renewed political battle for hearts and minds.

24 Sep 2022 9
Weed bill opens coalition rifts before poll
27 Aug 2022

Down but not out

Despite Gen Prayut weathering political storms and surviving many censure debates during the past three years, the onerous eight-year-tenure issue will soon be resolved.

27 Aug 2022 15
Down but not out
13 Aug 2022

Good leaders always know when to quit

The political temperature is rising ahead of Aug 24 -- a date that will likely decide the fate of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's political career, as well as the country's future political landscape.

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Good leaders always know when to quit
30 Jul 2022

PM's debate 'win' may prove pointless

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha survived the no-confidence debate, albeit narrowly. Yet his victory in parliament, a result of cash handouts to minnow parties and heavy bargaining, doesn't necessarily mean he and his government have won the support of the public.

30 Jul 2022 8
PM's debate 'win' may prove pointless
16 Jul 2022

There's no hiding from Covid reality

Over the past several months, the government has tried to give the impression that the pandemic is under control and that the war against the coronavirus is almost over. But the reality is the opposite.

16 Jul 2022 11
There's no hiding from Covid reality
2 Jul 2022

Pheu Thai eyes riding red tide to victory

Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the youngest daughter of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is emerging as the leading candidate for the premiership to breathe new life into the Pheu Thai Party, according to recent polls by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida).

2 Jul 2022 24
Pheu Thai eyes riding red tide to victory