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Chairith Yonpiam

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Chairith Yonpiam is assistant news editor, Bangkok Post.

Chairith Yonpiam
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 28
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
12 Sep 2020

Govt and Senate are playing with fire

While the movement for charter amendment as demanded by student activists appears to be gaining steam, with the formation of a constitutional drafting panel under way, there are signs some senators may already be backpedalling. There are suspicions this may be a tactic by the Prayut Chan-o-cha government to derail the process.

12 Sep 2020 40
Govt and Senate are playing with fire
29 Aug 2020

Cracks forming among opposition allies

Now is a turbulent time, not only for the government, which has encountered a plethora of challenges, for example the student rallies and the economic downturn, but also for the opposition bloc with regard to widening divisions between two major parties -- Pheu Thai and Move Forward -- as they compete for the leading role in the students' pro-democracy rallies.

29 Aug 2020 26
Cracks forming among opposition allies
15 Aug 2020

This year must not see a repeat of 1976

If Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is really serious about averting the current political crisis stemming from the confrontation between pro-democracy and right-wing factions, he must immediately take steps to have the charter rewritten and set up a drafting panel.

15 Aug 2020 77
This year must not see a repeat of 1976
1 Aug 2020

Boss saga a critical test for justice system

The more the media digs into the fatal hit-and-run involving Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, the more we see ugly twists and turns, especially as some state authorities are trying to get the wealthy man off the hook.

1 Aug 2020 46
Boss saga a critical test for justice system
18 Jul 2020

Resignations a reality check for Prayut

The resignation of Uttama Savanayana from the finance portfolio and the team under Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak from the party and the cabinet is a sign of cracks appearing in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).

18 Jul 2020 16
Resignations a reality check for Prayut