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🧵#Thailand's foreign minister has invited his fellow #ASEAN counterparts to an "informal" dialogue to discuss ways to help resolve #Myanmar #coup crisis, into its 3rd year. Invite also extended to Myanmar #military irrawaddy.com/news/the-world… #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #เมียนมา #พม่า
I understand that a few @ASEAN foreign ministers from nations like #Malaysia #Singapore & current @asean_ri chair #Indonesia will not participate in the talks mooted by #Thailand to take place in #Bangkok June 18-19. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
In the #Thai invite letter to @ASEAN foreign ministers, which I've also seen, @MFAThai minister Don says the "meeting is intended to be an informal dialogue that could be part of the initial steps of the #Myanmar peace process" #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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The recent news about shootings in #Vietnam's police stations in Đắk Lắk, a province in Central Highlands, may have now recaptured the issues about the history of Montagnards, a group of indigenous tribes living in the region.channelnewsasia.com/asia/several-k…
The shootings and recently captured assailants, published by state media, may only further indicated the possible historical grievances in a region that has been largely considered pacified by the Vietnamese regime. Image
Montagnards, the first indigenous peoples in the Highlands, has a long history of frictions with the Vietnamese rulers. The region was absorbed by the Nguyễn dynasty in the 19th century as part of Southward expansion, but Vietnamese made contacts even earlier than that. Image
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Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew said the party has yet to discuss any possible positions in the government.

His comments came in response to news reports suggesting that he is one of the party's candidates for the House Speaker position.

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The other two names reported in the news were former deputy prime minister Chaturon Chaisang and former House deputy speaker Suchart Tancharoen.
In response to caretaker deputy PM Wissanu's comment that if MFP leader Pita was disqualified, there could be a new election, Chonlanarn said that might not be the case all the time, citing his previous personal experiences.
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If we are to suspend any enforcement of the charter, the suspension of the senator's power to vote for PM should be considered first, Thai Sang Thai PM candidate Sita Divari said.

"If we do that, we will achieve a government of the people"

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His remarks were made in response to Senator Jadet Insawang's suggestion to set aside the enforcement of certain "problematic laws" in the charter in order to establish a "national government" that excludes opposition.

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Yesterday, Varawut Silpa-archa, the leader of Chart Thai Pattana, stated that the meeting between Pheu Thai PM candidate Srettha Thavisin and Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul at a football match abroad could be viewed as the formation of a national government.
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Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat said after the meeting between the party's economic team & representatives from The Thai Chamber of Commerce that the party will persist in advocating for an increase in the daily minimum wage to Bt450 per day.

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In addition to the discussion regarding the daily minimum wage, Pita mentioned that they also covered the following topics:

- Corruption
- The redevelopment of the Eastern Economic Corridor
- The Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG) model
Border trade
- The development of the formation of the MFP-led coalition government
- The exports situation
- The inflation level

Sanan Angubolkul, TCC Chairman, expressed satisfaction with the meeting, describing it as "fruitful."
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National Police Chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas admitted that police bribery rings, specifically involving truckers attempting to evade regulations, have been in existence for a considerable period.

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He stated that he has instructed the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to initiate a fresh investigation into these bribery rings.

Furthermore, he has directed the OIG to expand the scope of their investigation to include all individuals involved, without any exceptions.
He said Major General Ekkarat Limsangkat, the commander of the Highway Police Division, was reassigned to an inactive position within the Central Investigation Bureau to facilitate the internal affairs police in conducting their investigation without any hindrances.
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The Bank of Thailand's Monetary Policy Committee unanimously voted to raise the policy interest rate by 25 basis points from 1.75% to 2%, in line with market expectations.

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The MPC said the Thai economy is expected to continue expanding, driven mainly by tourism and private consumption. It also anticipates a gradual recovery in exports.

According to the commerce ministry, exports decreased by 5.2% YoY to $92 billion for the first 4 months of 2023.
The MPC noted that headline inflation has slowed down, but core inflation remains elevated.

In April, headline inflation rose by 2.67% YoY, compared to March's 2.83% increase.

Core inflation, on the other hand, increased by 1.66% YoY in April, down from 1.75% YoY in March.
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Caretaker Deputy PM, Wissanu, said if Move Forward Party leader, Pita, is disqualified from office due to his media shares holding case, the previous election would be nullified, and a new election would have to be conducted.

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Wissanu explained that if Pita is disqualified as a member of parliament and as the prime minister, the MFP MPs who were endorsed by him as the party leader could also face disqualification.

In such a scenario, there would have to be a new election, he said.
However, Wissanu clarified that this is just one possibility, and he is not aware of all the details of the petitions filed against Pita.

Three petitions have accused Pita of holding 42,000 iTV shares while in office, which is in violation of the charter.
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Caretaker PM Prayut stated today that his government has already paid off more than Bt2.6 trillion of debt since he assumed power through a coup in 2014.

However, his government has accumulated more than Bt5.3 trillion of debt during the same period.

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In 2014, the public debt stood at Bt5.53 trillion, whereas it has now reached Bt10.89 trillion or 61.3% of the GDP as of April 30.

Prayut emphasized that the current debt level remains below the 70% ceiling.

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However, it was his government that raised the ceiling from 60% to 70% in order to facilitate additional borrowing during the Covid pandemic.

According to Prayut, the debt was incurred due to various factors, including:
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Apart from blocking BBC World's interview with Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat yesterday, True Visions also blocked election coverage by CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, NHK, and ABC Australia during the Thai election, as reported by the Thai Journalists Association.

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According to the association, True Visions also delayed the signals from CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, NHK, and ABC Australia by 4-5 minutes.

The association is urging True Visions to clarify these findings to the public.

The company has not yet commented on this issue.
MFP spokesperson Rangsiman Rome said such censorship is an outdated practice, and he urged the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission to ensure that the private sector cannot continue to engage in such practices whenever they want.
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A deputy governor of Lampang is currently under investigation for allegedly demonstrating disloyalty towards the royal institution by liking a social media post from YouTuber Yan Marchal.

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The Frenchman is known for mocking the Thai junta and the royal family, and he was deported in 2021 because the immigration police deemed him a 'threat' to national security.
The deputy governor told Khaosod's Pravit Rojanaphruk today that the leaked letter was real, and he was investigated for allegedly liking Yan Marchal's Facebook page and sharing content from the page.
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Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat said today that 'the people hope' that since the Election Commission has already announced the 2023 election results, they will not take too much time before endorsing the incoming members of parliament. (1/2)

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He stated that the sooner the EC can endorse the new MPs, the sooner the new government can be formed. (2/2)
[Update]

On minimum wage:

Pita said the MFP coalition maintains the mandate to hike the minimum wage to Bt450 per day, but the new government will be willing to negotiate the reduction of other production costs in order to maintain the country's competitiveness.

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Major General Ekkarat Limsangkat, the commander of the Highway Police Division, has been transferred to an inactive position within the Central Investigation Bureau.

The transfer came after his comments over a police bribery case concerning truckers.

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Yesterday, Maj-Gen Ekkarat stated that the root causes of police bribery among truckers are the laws and the businesses involved.

He did not mention the involvement of corrupt officers and stated that his investigation did not uncover any officer participating in the bribery.
Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, a Move Forward list-MP candidate who has been exposing the police bribery ring, commented earlier today that while the law may have its flaws, it should not be used as an excuse for police officers to accept bribes.
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The MFP-led coalition's transition team consists of representatives from eight parties, with Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat serving as the chairperson. The representatives include:

- MFP deputy leader Sirikanya Tansakun

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- Pheu Thai deputy secretary-general Paopoom Rojanasakul
- Prachachart secretary-general Tawee Sodsong
- Thai Sang Thai deputy leader Anudith Nakornthap
- Seri Ruam Thai Virat Worasasirin
- Pen Tham secretary-general Kannavee Suebsang
- Pheu Thai Ruam Palang leader Wasawat Puangphonsri
- Palang Sangkhom Mai leader Chaorit Khajohnpongkirati
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MFP-led coalition partners have agreed to set up a transition team to prepare to take over as government.

They have also agreed to establish 23 committees to oversee the possible implementation of each point mentioned in the 23-point MOU

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The next meeting of the transition team is scheduled for June 6.

MFP leader Pita said the coalition has not yet reached an agreement on the House Speaker position.

However, the discussion has narrowed down to candidates from the Move Forward Party and the Pheu Thai Party.
Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan stated that his party and the MFP will continue discussions regarding the House Speaker position.

He also expressed confidence that this matter will not become an obstacle to their ability to form a government together.

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MFP-led coalition partners are meeting today at the Prachachart Party's headquarters to discuss the House Speaker seat.

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Possible candidates for the seat that have been reported in Thai news include:

- MFP deputy leader Natthawut Buaprathum
- Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew
- Prachachart leader Wan Muhamad Noor Matha
Prachachart secretary-general Tawee Sodsong stated before the meeting that today's agenda will primarily focus on the 23-point MOU that they signed on May 22.

He mentioned that the discussion regarding ministerial seats will be addressed at a later time.
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Caretaker PM Prayut said that any move by the Move Forward Party's transition team to request information from government agencies in preparation for the formation of the new government would be 'inappropriate.'

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'It should not be done; it would be inappropriate because the government agencies are still operating under the current administration,' he said.

Prayut also denied knowing anything about a secret deal to form a coalition against the MFP-led coalition.
Prayut refused to answer questions about the MFP-led coalition's MOU and the potential move to team up with Prawit's Palang Pracharath Party to gain better leverage in any possible future coalition.
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Caretaker Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan denied knowing that his close aide and former police chief Chakthip Chaijinda would be at the Leicester game with Srettha and Anutin.

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The meeting between Pheu Thai PM candidate Srettha and Bhumjaithai leader Anutin at the football match abroad added fuel to the rumor that former PM Thaksin is lobbying for a coalition between Pheu Thai, Bhumjaithai, Prawit's Palang Pracharath, Democrat, and Chart Thai Pattana. Image
Thaksin, Srettha, and Anutin all denied that such a deal exists.

Whistleblower Chuwit Kamolvisit, one of the people who claimed that the "secret deal" exists, said the latest meeting for the deal took place in Langkawi, Malaysia.
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Leader of Chart Thai Pattana, Varawut Silpa-archa, stated that he is unaware of any secret deal to form a new coalition to compete with the Move Forward Party (MFP).

"It must be so secretive that even the leader of the party is not aware of it," he said

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Varawut, however, mentioned that if an invitation is extended, the party's executive committee members will consider it.
Varawut also clarified that the meeting between Srettha and Anutin at a football match was most likely for leisure purposes, and the photos from the meeting can be seen as a coalition for a "national government" (a lower house without opposition) instead. ImageImage
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In response to the remarks made by the commander of the highway police, attributing the underlying causes of police bribery among truckers to the law and the businesses involved, MFP list-MP Wiroj asserts that this does not justify the police's acceptance of bribes.

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Wiroj has been exposing a police bribery ring involving truck drivers, which includes the flagrant use of stickers to indicate bribe payments.

He said various designs of bribery stickers have been used over the years, with different designs for different regions in the country.
Yesterday, Maj-General Ekkarat Limsangkat, the commander of the Highway Police Division, acknowledged the prevalence of such bribery over an extended period.

However, he mentioned that the division has not found any officers involved, not even one.
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Pheu Thai Prime Minister Candidate Srettha Thavisin denied that he had discussed any political deal with Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul when they met at Leicester City's match last night.

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Srettha stated that he is acquainted with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and had been present in Leicester to celebrate when they won the Premier League.

He mentioned that he had been planning this trip for months and it was merely a coincidence that Anutin was also present.
He stated that he personally knows Anutin and emphasized that their conversation had nothing to do with politics, contrary to speculation.

"If we were discussing a political deal, there would have been no need to travel to England for such discussions," he clarified.
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Persistent petitioner and former candidate for the Palang Pracharath Party, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, was summoned by the Election Commission to provide his statement regarding his petition against Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat.

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Ruangkrai Leekitwattana accused Pita of holding onto 42,000 iTV shares when applying for office in 2019, which is against the charter.

If the EC agrees with the petition, they could ask the Constitutional Court to disqualify Pita from taking office and ban him from politics.
Ruangkrai stated that if Pita became prime minister and the court ruled against him after he picked his cabinet members, the entire new cabinet could be disbanded as well.
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MFP list-MP candidate Wiroj, who has been exposing what he claims is a police bribery ring involving truck drivers and their employers, recently shared a new photo of a sticker that he alleges is used to indicate the payment of bribes.

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According to Wiroj, his investigating team has discovered that this practice has been ongoing for a significant period of time, with various designs of bribery stickers being used over the years.

He highlighted that these bribes are commonly associated with overloading trucks. ImageImage
Wiroj further stated that the amount of the bribery payment can reach up to 25,000 baht per month, allowing the trucks to surpass weight limits whenever desired, thanks to the presence of the sticker.
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Thailand needs to address its growing spending needs while keeping public debt under control, according to the World Bank's latest report on the country.

One of the suggestions is to increase #VAT.

Link to report - documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/099…

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The report emphasizes the necessity of implementing reforms to mitigate rising fiscal pressures, which include challenges associated with the aging population and climate change.
The report underscores the importance of increasing public spending on social protection, education, and climate adaptation.

It points out that Thailand's Old Age Allowance, along with other social assistance payments, is relatively low compared to global standards.
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