Archive for the ‘Chulanont’ Category

US asks Thailand to hold quick elections

August 20, 2007

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States called on Thailand‘s military junta to call for quick elections, following voters’ approval of a new army-backed constitution.

“We have seen reports of the referendum and we believe it is important that they move forward with the elections as quickly as possible,” said Gonzo Gallegos, a spokesman for the US State Department.

He spoke after nearly 58 percent of Thai voters approved the constitution in a referendum Sunday.

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High Turnout Expected For Thailand’s Sunday Referendum

August 18, 2007

(RTTNews) – About sixty per cent of the eligible 46 million people are expected to vote on a draft constitution at a national referendum in Thailand on Sunday. The Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont during his weekly TV talk program on Saturday hoped the turnout to be high and that the draft charter would be accepted at the referendum.

He further reiterated that he would not return to politics after general election.

The Council for National Security (CNS), which ousted elected prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra last September, have said that one of the kingdom’s previous constitutions would be used if the electorate rejects the draft charter.

Thailand Votes on Constitution: The Plot Thickens
(What do a sexy female teenage rock star, one of the richest men in the world and a pack of angry generals have in common?  Politics in Thailand, naturally!)

Laos rejects monitoring of Hmong return

August 16, 2007

The Nation (Bangkok)
August 16, 2007

Laos Thursday rejected an idea suggested by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont to have a “third party” monitor the repatriation of more than 7,500 Hmong refugees.

Lao spokesman Yong Chanthalangsy said a joint subcommittee of border security officials would discuss the issue at a meeting from September 24 in Phetchabun’s Ban Huay Nam Khao, where nearly 8,000 Hmong refugees have taken shelter.

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