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Interior reshuffle approved

Posted by arnon_k On August - 31 - 2010 1 COMMENT

The cabinet on Tuesday approved the appointments of high-level officials proposed by the Interior Ministry.

The appointments, effective from Oct 1, are as follows:

– Vichien Chaovalit, director-general of the Community Development Department, to be director-general of the Provincial Administration Department;
– Surachai Khan-asa, Samut Prakan governor, to be director-general of the Community Development Department;
– Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, deputy permanent secretary for interior, to be director-general of the Local Administration Department;
– Wiboon Sanguanpong, deputy permanent secretary for interior, to be director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department;
– Sumeth Saengnimnual, Chiang Rai governor, to be inspector-general;
– Surapol Pongthadsirikul, Chachoengsao governor, to be deputy permanent secretary for interior;
– Wallop Pingpong, Samut Sakhon governor, to be deputy permanent secretary for interior; and
– Chonchuen Boonyasas, Uthai Thani governor, to be deputy permanent secretary for interior.

Sources said most of the officials appointed are close to Saksayam Chidchob, chairman of a working committee of Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul and younger brother of Newin Chidchob, de facto leader of the Bhumjaithai Party.

The cabinet has previously approved the highly controversial appointment of Mongkol Surasajja, chief of the Provincial Administration Department, as the new permanent secretary. He is a former governor of Buri Ram, Mr Newin’s home province, and was 54th on the seniority list for the job.

The cabinet also approved on Tuesday the Office of the Civil Service Commission’s proposal to issue a regulation to protect officials and those working with state agencies from sexual harassment.

Montenegro PM: Thaksin will be caught if guilty

Posted by arnon_k On August - 31 - 2010 1 COMMENT

Ousted Thaksin Shinawatra will be caught if his name contained in Interpol’s list, Montenegro Prime Minister Milan Rosen said after the meeting with Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya. Montenegro PM also insists that the Thaksin case does not damage relationship of Thailand and Montenegro.

Rosen explained about visa and Montenegro nationality approval for ousted Thaksin is the policy of his government that normally gives for investors who invest in Montenegro so it does not mean to interfere in Thailand’s internal affair.

Moreover, Montenegro and other countries hope Thailand will solve the problem by peaceful mean, Montenegro PM said.

Democrat does not abandoned me: Sirichok

Posted by arnon_k On August - 30 - 2010 1 COMMENT

Songkhla Democrat MP Sirichok Sopha has refused that the party abandoned him after meeting with Victor Bout. MP who is dubbed as “Mr.Wallpaper” insists that the meeting does not mean interference the case, but to find out more information for Prime Minister to make the decision what to do next.

Sirichok said that he does not talk with Deputy Prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban after the rumor emerged yet, but believed that the deputy well understands his work.

Sirichok confirmed that his action will not make things go mess or damage international relation. For clearly understanding, I will explain any information in the party meeting on Aug 31, Mr.Wallpaper said.

Democrats dominate city vote

Posted by arnon_k On August - 30 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

New Politics shut out in councillor elections

The ruling Democrat Party has cemented its status as the most popular party in Bangkok after its candidates handily outperformed the opposition in local elections.

The New Politics Party failed to win a single seat in yesterday’s polls.

The Democrats followed their success in last month’s by-election in Bangkok by winning more seats than the Puea Thai Party and the NPP, the political arm of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, in city and district council elections.

The Election Commission for Bangkok estimated the voter turnout at 42%.

City clerk and director of the Bangkok EC office Charoenrat Chutikarn said bad weather, not an ineffective EC campaign, was to blame for the low turnout.

A survey held on election day showed that 98% of people were aware of the poll and 80% of them said they would vote, he said.

“The BMA will look at the reasons why voters paid little attention to local elections,” he said.

The Democrats last month won a by-election in Constituency 6, in Bangkok’s outer eastern suburbs, which saw Panich Vikitsreth win a seat in parliament.

Most Democrat incumbents held on to their seats on city and district councils yesterday.

Democrat MP for Bangkok Natthapol Theepsuwan, who is in charge of the party’s campaigning in the city, said the poll results were in line with party projections.

But Ong-art Klampaibul, an adviser to the Democrats on the Bangkok elections, cautioned people against assuming the results would portend a decisive victory for the party in a national election.

“This election does not reflect what would happen in the next general election,” said Mr Ong-art, who also serves as the PM’s office minister.

“Voters in the council elections made their decisions based on individual candidates, while in general elections, voters tend to cast ballots for particular parties.”

The Democrats were still weak in the capital’s outlying districts such as Phasicharoen and Bang Na, Mr Natthapol said.

The most disappointed party was the NPP, which failed to secure a single seat in its first set of elections.

Deputy leader Samran Rodpetch blamed the party’s defeat on low voter turnout.

“Had 60 or 70 percent of citizens gone to vote, I believe we would have had a chance to win,” he said.

Mr Samran said the low voter turnout reflected the public’s disenchantment with politics.

But he said his party would not be deterred by its poor showing yesterday. It would regroup to address problem areas before the next general election and the next Bangkok governor poll.

NPP secretary-general Suriyasai Katasila hoped the “silent majority” would make their presence felt once general elections were called.

He said the party must learn from yesterday’s results.

“We started [campaigning] a bit late. Voters were still not familiar with our candidates,” he said.

Puea Thai MP for Bangkok Vicharn Meenchainant, who oversaw the opposition party’s campaigning in the city, said the party was disappointed not to win at least 15 seats, as it had projected. Puea Thai had more work to do if it wanted to win over Bangkok voters in the next general election, Mr Vicharn said.

The city councillor elections took place in all 50 districts in Bangkok, while the district councillor polls took place in 36.

Only the votes in Din Daeng district had yet to be counted as of last night because of a Puea Thai protest over suspected voting irregularities.

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