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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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