By-elections fail to provide way out of Thai political crisis
Monday, April 24, 2006
With the Bangkok Post reporting indications that 14 unopposed candidates failed to meet the requirement of receiving votes from 20% of eligible citizens, Thailand's Constitutional court may be asked to consider breaching the constitution and convening the new parliamentary session without quorum.
The April 2 general election saw caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's populist Thai Rak Thai (lit: Thais love Thais, or Thai Unity) party win the controversial election, but a significant boycott and use of the abstention option on ballot forms forced Thaksin to announce he will not assume the post of PM in the parliament's next session. The three main opposition parties had refused to participate in the snap election leading to a significant number of constituencies where TRT stood unopposed. Over 40 candidates failed to meet the 20%-of-eligible-voters requirement forcing yesterday's by-elections.
Thailand's snap election was the PM's response to ongoing demonstrations and accusations of malfeasance, particularly in relation to his family's sale of their interest in Shin Corp, a major Thai company, to Temasek Holdings which is described by Wikipedia as "the investment arm of the Singapore government." The mass rallies that ensued, organised by the self-styled People's Alliance for Democracy, and the mainstream opposition boycott damaged the PM's attempt to use an election to renew his mandate.
- "South Thailand election reruns hit by violence" — Wikinews, April 23, 2006
- "Seven south Thailand constituencies face one horse race" — Wikinews, April 10, 2006
- "Third of Thais vote 'none of the above'" — Wikinews, April 4, 2006
- "Thais head to the polls for snap election" — Wikinews, April 2, 2006
- "Opposition may boycott Thai election; demonstrators want Thaksin out" — Wikinews, February 26, 2006
- "Thai snap-election set for April 2, 2006" — Wikinews, February 24, 2006
- "Parliament still 14 MPs short" — , April 24, 2006
- Post Reporters. "EC slammed over'outrageous' idea" — , April 24, 2006
- "Voting marred by protests, violence" — , April 23, 2006
|This page has been automatically archived by a robot, and is no longer publicly editable.|