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Chairith Yonpiam

Assistant news editor

Chairith Yonpiam is assistant news editor, Bangkok Post.

Chairith Yonpiam
15 Jan 2022

Salt into wounds

Despite presents from the government over the New Year celebrations, the people's jovial spirit was quickly dampened by a rush of bad news..

15 Jan 2022 28
Salt into wounds
18 Dec 2021

Can PPRP avoid a bruising in city poll?

As the Bangkok governor election is drawing near, major political parties such as the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) and Pheu Thai coincidentally find themselves in a peculiar condition, with deliberate ambiguity apparently the best poll strategy.

18 Dec 2021 10
Can PPRP avoid a bruising in city poll?
4 Dec 2021

TAO polls offer hope for underdogs

Last Sunday, more than 27.3 million or 74.5% of eligible voters turned up in force at polling booths to exercise their right to vote, choosing chairs and members of tambon administrative organisations (TAOs).

4 Dec 2021 6
TAO polls offer hope for underdogs
20 Nov 2021

Thai politics needs a middle pathway

The ditching of a charter amendment bill by the joint parliament chambers is anything but a surprise. Yet, it would be wrong to think that the defeat is the end of the pro-democracy movement's audacious campaign. Indeed all factions realise nullifying the military-sponsored 2017 charter will be a drawn-out case of political warfare.

20 Nov 2021 47
Thai politics needs a middle pathway
6 Nov 2021

Section 112 must change with the times

A lack of crucial support from the Pheu Thai Party for amending Section 112 -- the infamous lese majeste law -- means parliament will not be as instrumental in such a change as was previously hoped. Yet the amendment move, pushed by new political forces, has gained momentum.

6 Nov 2021
Section 112 must change with the times
23 Oct 2021

Corruption jeopardises reopening plan

As the countdown begins for the country's reopening, we find ourselves trapped in the same old dilemma that led to the series of Covid outbreaks this year, including the Thong Lor cluster in April that led to a cumulative total of 1.8 million coronavirus infections.

23 Oct 2021 29
Corruption jeopardises reopening plan
9 Oct 2021

Hopes fade of calmer political climate

After brief yet fierce political turbulence, it seems Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has consolidated power in the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), with hope of another term as premier.

9 Oct 2021 50
Hopes fade of calmer political climate
25 Sep 2021

PM will not be quitting anytime soon

The high-profile showdown between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his challenger Capt Thamanat Prompow -- who is the right-hand man of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon -- has sparked speculation over a deepening rift between Gen Prayut and his brother in arms.

25 Sep 2021 81
PM will not be quitting anytime soon
11 Sep 2021

PM U-turns on tackling 'Ferrari' culture

The outrageous cases of a rich cop linked to the torture and murder of a drug suspect and "Boss", the runaway lad from the Yoovidhya family, in the notorious hit-and-run saga attest to the fact that promises by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to revamp the police and justice system are nothing but a farce.

11 Sep 2021 76
PM U-turns on tackling 'Ferrari' culture
28 Aug 2021

Censure debate is govt's toughest test yet

The forthcoming no-confidence debate is set to be the toughest challenge posed by the opposition bloc against the Prayut Chan-o-cha government.

28 Aug 2021 32
Censure debate is govt's toughest test yet