Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
18 Jul 2017
The junta has revealed its blueprint for national reconciliation, combining the late King’s philosophy with the junta’s 20-year national strategy. On 17 July 2017, Lt Gen Kukiat Srinaka of Army Region 1 presided over a public forum on the ‘social contract for unity and reconciliation’, the blueprint for the junta’s national reconciliation plan. The social contract was drafted by a subcommittee under the junta-appointed Committee on National Reform, National Strategy, and Reconciliation, most of whose members are military officers.
14 Jul 2017
Railway workers have urged the junta leader to halt amendment of the railway law, citing lack of public participation.
12 Jul 2017
A former MP from the Democrat Party has questioned the junta over the disproportionate number of military appointments to the boards of state enterprises. On 10 July 2017, Rachada Dhnadirek, former MP of the Democrat Party, publicly pondered how serious Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, is about corporate governance. Rachada pointed out that military officers have been appointed to the boards of almost every state enterprise.
6 Jul 2017
In a televised address on 17 June 2017, General Prayut Chan-o-cha released ‘50 thoughts’. The junta leader took great pains to emphasize that the ‘thoughts’ were not questions, and made it clear, in fact, that he does not necessarily want answers — he apparently simply wants the people to hear and to approve the junta’s principles and logic.
20 Jun 2017
Rangsiman Rome, a key student activist leader, has submitted his answers to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s notorious four questions at the Ministry of Defence.
19 Jun 2017
Leading Thai architects and the national association of engineers have denounced the use of Section 44 to speed up the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway line project between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima, pointing out that it puts public safety at risk. “The use of the special law as an exception to building an approach to good governance … may cause confusion and mistrust in the rush to implement the project,” reads the statement of the Engineering Institute of Thailand Under H.M. the King’s Patronage (EIT).
19 Jun 2017
Following his controversial invitation for public feedback on his four questions, Prayut has now posed 50 more ‘issues to think about’. Over the past month, Thai civil society and the social media alike have lambasted Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha for posing via television four questions on elections for the people to answer through submissions at state offices.
13 Jun 2017
Despite a growing deficit, Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament has voted unanimously in favour of a draft government budget that allocates an extra 8.8 billion baht to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2018.
12 Jun 2017
Despite a growing deficit, Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament has voted unanimously in favour of a draft government budget that allocates an extra 8.8 billion baht to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2018. On 8 June 2017, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the head of the country’s junta, dedicated two and a half hours to clarifying to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) the details of a draft government budget of 2.99 trillion baht for 2018. 220 billion baht is allocated to the MoD, an increase from last year of 8.8 billion baht
29 May 2017
Following an order from the junta, the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) has prohibited regional education staff from discussing or criticising the junta’s regional education reform plan.
29 May 2017
After three years of the junta’s ‘returning happiness’ mission, the country’s poor and ethnic minorities are still suffering from the junta’s ‘return the forest’ policy while the junta opens up more land for investors and cuts environmental regulations for big business.
22 May 2017
Thailand’s junta has failed to fulfill pledges to respect human rights and restore democratic rule three years after the military coup, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, has instead prolonged its crackdown on basic rights and freedoms, and devised a quasi-democratic system that the military can manipulate and control.