Thailand's military junta was pointing a loaded gun at the people when they voted, in last Sunday's referendum, to approve the new constitution created to justify the toppling of billionaire prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra a year ago.Saturday, 25 August, 2007, 12:00am
Charter vote clears way for post-coup polls - and likely resurgence of elitist government
Thailand took a first step yesterday on the road to a post-coup future. However, the constitution passed in Thailand's first national referendum makes for a difficult and unstable path ahead.20 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
Thais have spoken and approved the constitution drawn up by the military junta to justify its political role. The decision is lamentable, but unsurprising; the promise of a general election sooner rather than later at least gave an opportunity to return a measure of democracy to a nation that longs for, but has tasted so little of, such freedom.20 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
It will not be a matter of months, but years. That is the message across a range of political elites in Thailand as they take stock of the challenges confronting the country after the era of billionaire leader Thaksin Shinawatra and the coup that drove him from power.28 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
How events unfold in Thailand over the next few months will be determined largely by the outcome of its first national referendum on August 19, analysts believe.
If Thais accept the controversial draft constitution prepared under the watch of the military junta, a relatively smooth run-up to elections is expected, paving the way for a return to democratic and civilian rule.27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
The leaders of the Democrat Party took the gamble of their political lives when they boycotted last year's snap election called by then-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The next few months will tell if the risk has paid off.26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
Thaksin Shinawatra may be busy preparing his Manchester City Football Club for a new Premiership season, but he also remains a key factor in a tougher arena also about to kick off - Thai politics.
Violence involving pro-Thaksin supporters at a Bangkok rally on Sunday marked the first significant trouble since the military coup ended his almost six-year rule last September.25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra insists the fans of Manchester City have taken him to their hearts after his purchase of the English Premiership soccer club. Fans even call him 'Frank', he said in Hong Kong yesterday, explaining that in their struggles to pronounce his family name they prefer to call him Sinatra instead.8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
A house at the Severn 8 luxury residential project on the Peak, developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, has been sold to the owners of cosmetic brand Fancl's import agent at a record high price for residential property in Asia.7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
How times change. Only a few months ago the junta in Bangkok was clear that no good could come if Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister toppled in last September's coup, ended his exile in London. Thaksin, seemingly playing on the generals' insecurity, often hinted his return was not far off.6 Jul 2007 - 12:00am