Thai lawmakers moved to change parts of a military-backed constitution after the country's highest court agreed to hear a case that may block them from doing so, signalling a renewed round of political tension.Friday, 5 April, 2013, 3:40am
The return of veteran rural affairs leader Lau Wong-fat to head Tuen Mun District Council has made a mockery of our democratic elections. His decades-long ties with the council should have been severed after he lost his ex officio seat due to a change that prevents chairmen of the lower-tier rural committees from serving more than two terms.11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The government's recruiting of undersecretaries and political assistants had been highly transparent, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen told lawmakers yesterday.
He rejected pan-democrats' criticism that it had been a 'black-box operation'.21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am
What might turn out to be the final engagement in the battle for supremacy in Thailand's politics is now taking shape. The elected government has outlined plans for a wholesale rewrite of the junta's constitution, which was crafted to preserve some power for the army and curb the politicians.16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
A political impasse over the replacement of Thailand's auditor-general, who is refusing to step down, has stirred debate over the powers of the nation's revered monarchy.
Last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that the selection of Khunying Jaruvan Maintaka as auditor-general in 2003 was illegal because the Senate had failed to consider other candidates.8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
The pro-democracy camp is to launch a campaign urging Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to appoint a minimum number of district councillors.
The move comes after legal advice indicated that the chief executive needed only name two members to each of the 18 councils.27 Nov 2003 - 12:00am
They may have a new name and a liberal new charter to defend but the Royal Thai Police are clinging to their rough old ways.
Academics, activists and even senior officers themselves fear suspects' rights are routinely trampled on despite efforts to uphold Thailand's much-vaunted new constitution.31 Mar 1999 - 12:00am
One of the country's crusading police chiefs has been plucked from relative obscurity to return to power under Democrat Party rule amid widespread hopes of a new anti-corruption drive.
The appointment of Lieutenant-General Seri Temiyavej to the head of the Central Investigation Bureau comes despite widespread opposition among some senior officers.27 Nov 1997 - 12:00am
Once famed as the best police 'money could buy', Thailand's force faces stiff new operating procedures under the country's sweeping new constitution.
Political commentators said human rights provisions in the charter had received far less attention than those to beat political corruption but would soon show themselves as a key early test of its strength.15 Oct 1997 - 12:00am
Laws to improve the well-being of the mentally handicapped will not be ready for Legislative Council scrutiny before the end of this legislative year. Officials said drafting had proved to be more complicated than anticipated.4 Jun 1996 - 12:00am