Banharn Silpa-Archa

Summary justice under scrutiny

Even by the standards of a bloody region, all evidence suggests it was a dreadful act. Six suspects in a central Thailand shootout surrendered after a 20-hour siege under the glare of live television coverage and whirring police helicopters.

Thursday, 25 June, 1998, 12:00am

Democrats building team of potential election winners

The opposition Democrat Party is acquiring what looks like a potentially winning team of candidates in the run-up to the November 17 election.

The party scored a notable coup at the weekend when it persuaded Tarrin Nimmanhaeminda to run for election for the first time. The highly respected former banker was finance minister in the 1992-95 Democrat-led coalition.

11 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Banharn's poll decision ends lesson in how not to run country

ONE prominent Thai constitutional lawyer once said privately that he always felt like taking a bath after being in the same room as a group of Thai politicians.

He meant that many elected representatives are sleazy types who see any time they spend in the Cabinet as an opportunity to make money.

29 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Military dispels fears of meddling

Thailand's most senior military leaders have dispelled some of the fears about a renewed drift towards army-flavoured politics with vehement denials last month about any intention to meddle in Parliament.

18 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Not fit to govern

Thailand's beleaguered Prime Minister, Banharn Silpa-archa, continues to cling to power by his fingertips, refusing to stand down despite concerted demands for his resignation.

17 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Outsiders set to draw up new constitution

Money politicians have voted to let outsiders draw up a new constitution that may reduce their own powers.

Saturday's passing by Parliament of the Constitutional Article Amendment Bill will create a panel of 99 provincial representatives and constitutional experts who will draw up laws designed to make MPs more accountable to the electorate.

16 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Three-way fight expected if Banharn falls from power

The way is being paved for a three-way battle to lead a new coalition in the face of what seems to be doom for the Banharn Silpa-archa Government.

Mr Banharn has vowed to fight on, but the withdrawal of one party was yesterday followed by rumours that two other coalition allies may abandon him after a no-confidence debate next month.

16 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Rising expectations leave voters impatient with shallow showmanship

The French are said not to care what you do as long as you pronounce it correctly; the Thais may be just as liberal - as long as you don't talk about it.

Thai governments have usually been riven with corruption. This 14-month-old Government's problem has been that from day one everyone has been talking about how sleazy it is.

15 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Opposition maintains the pressure

Thailand's seven-party coalition Government will face this year's second no-confidence debate in Parliament in early September, opposition parties said yesterday.

A ferocious opposition attack on 'the Government of sleaze' five months ago badly damaged the coalition's credibility.

13 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Thai PM banks on teller's fortunes

WHEN Thai Prime Minister Banharn Silpa-archa was forced to juggle his Cabinet this week, for the third time this year, a fortune teller advised him on the most auspicious day for the announcement.

Since Thai governments invariably implode well short of their four-year term, the premier understandably wanted to swing whatever luck is going around in his direction.

7 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Boom stirs backlash among rural poor

A protest by poor rural folk outside Bangkok's Parliament building was a symptom of their mounting frustration at being sidelined or demeaned by Thailand's economic boom.

The 6,000 farmers and landless poor living in a makeshift tent city have vowed not to move until the Prime Minister, Banharn Silpa-archa, himself promises to ease their suffering.

2 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Minister implicated in vote-buying charge

Two election campaigners for the Deputy Finance Minister will appear in court today on a charge of vote-buying.

Their case has gained attention because rarely have the police arrested anyone - especially a top official - on such a charge.

26 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Banharn credibility gap

THAILAND'S 'Little Big Man', premier Banharn Silpa-archa, fancies himself a global statesman these days after hosting the inaugural 25-nation Asia-Europe Meeting.

Last year he polished his image by hosting an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit and attending the United Nations celebrations in New York.

10 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Banharn admits he may have to resign

PRIME Minister Banharn Silpa-archa - coming down to earth after hosting the 25-country Asia-Europe meeting - admitted on television last night that he might have to resign after the forthcoming no-confidence debate in Parliament.

6 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Summit avoids touchy issues

A POWERFUL gathering of European and Asian leaders in Bangkok pledged yesterday to uphold human rights, but avoided issues which could have embarrassed delegates.

3 Mar 1996 - 12:00am