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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!)


Toward a less democratic Thailand

July 26, 2007

By Shawn W Crispin
The Asia Times
July 26, 2007

BANGKOK – The consensus is that Thailand’s new military-drafted constitution will likely pass a highly anticipated national referendum on August 19. New political parties are fast forming to contest the democratic polls scheduled for the end of this year. And the military seems sincere in its stated intention to hand power over to a new elected government.

In the transition, however, it’s apparent that Thailand’s democracy will be compromised in significant ways …

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