ASEAN countries urge Thailand to solve political crisis

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Thai crisisMember countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have called for democratic and negotiation-based solutions and a quick general election in Thailand, Thai News Agency reported.

Thai Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on April 23 said ASEAN member states also expressed their concern over the country’s political disputes in their joint draft statement sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently.

Surapong said that ASEAN countries made the call so that Thailand would grow together with them. According to him, ASEAN leaders also issued a similar statement last December in showing that ASEAN and the international community have monitored the political situation in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the power struggle in Thailand continues on court level. Thailand’s constitutional court has given Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges. The case comes amid continuing uncertainty over when to hold a new election to end the country’s bitter political power struggle. Yingluck faces possible dismissal from office in two verdicts expected within weeks by the constitutional court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Prosecutors allege the prime minister illegally transferred former National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri as part of a reorganization of senior security officials.  An administrative court has already ruled against the government and ordered Thawil’s reappointment.

A constitutional court verdict against Yingluck could require her to stand down as prime minister.  The court may also order the Cabinet led by the governing Pheu Thai Party to be dissolved. Yingluck also faces charges of negligence in her role as chair of a national rice programme committee.

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Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have called for democratic and negotiation-based solutions and a quick general election in Thailand, Thai News Agency reported.

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Thai crisisMember countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have called for democratic and negotiation-based solutions and a quick general election in Thailand, Thai News Agency reported.

Thai Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on April 23 said ASEAN member states also expressed their concern over the country’s political disputes in their joint draft statement sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently.

Surapong said that ASEAN countries made the call so that Thailand would grow together with them. According to him, ASEAN leaders also issued a similar statement last December in showing that ASEAN and the international community have monitored the political situation in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the power struggle in Thailand continues on court level. Thailand’s constitutional court has given Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges. The case comes amid continuing uncertainty over when to hold a new election to end the country’s bitter political power struggle. Yingluck faces possible dismissal from office in two verdicts expected within weeks by the constitutional court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Prosecutors allege the prime minister illegally transferred former National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri as part of a reorganization of senior security officials.  An administrative court has already ruled against the government and ordered Thawil’s reappointment.

A constitutional court verdict against Yingluck could require her to stand down as prime minister.  The court may also order the Cabinet led by the governing Pheu Thai Party to be dissolved. Yingluck also faces charges of negligence in her role as chair of a national rice programme committee.

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