General Prem Tinsulanonda will be remembered for many things – but advancing Thai democracy will not be among them. Soldiers-turned-politicians like General Prayut Chan-o-cha and Prawit Wongsuwan might admire Prem for his rise to the post of prime minister after a lifetime of military service. He managed to hold the position for eight years without ever running for election. Neither did he need his own political party. Prem exploited military power to climb the political ladder in the late 1970s, when a golden era of democracy ended with the massacre of students at Thammasat University on October 6, 1976. He was then a member of the coup led by Admiral Sangad Chaloryu that toppled the elected civilian government of the day. Prem served General Kriangsak Chamanan’s government as deputy interior minister and later defence minister, while also holding his post as Army chief. Kriangsak’s ideology was moderate compared with that of his predecessor, the … [Read more...] about Prem was no friend of the people
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By Susan Delacourt National Columnist Thu., May 2, 2019 Conservatives gave Justin Trudeau a demotion this week — a nominal one, at least. On Wednesday, one Conservative critic after another stood up and addressed their questions to the “Liberal leader” — not the prime minister, as is conventional practice in the House. It’s a small thing, perhaps, but it coincided with the unveiling of a new Conservative attack-ad campaign, featuring the same tag line in each of the five spots: “Justin Trudeau: Not as Advertised.” Casting Trudeau as a mere party leader, or a faulty product, gives us some idea of where the Conservatives believe the prime minister is vulnerable as the fall election looms. The idea, presumably, is to remind voters that Conservatives had warned people in 2015 that Trudeau was neither prime ministerial nor ready for high office. Remember “nice hair?” Trudeau, we’ll also recall, took the … [Read more...] about Is Trudeau the prime minister or just the Liberal leader?
By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Brennan Doherty Star Calgary Tues., April 30, 2019 EDMONTON—Premier Jason Kenney named 22 cabinet ministers Tuesday, which is almost twice the number the NDP named at its inauguration in 2015 and five more than the NDP had at the end of its tenure. New ministries include one dedicated to eliminating “red tape” for businesses, one dedicated to natural gas, and one to mental health and addictions. Kenney also took one portfolio for himself. The new crop of United Conservative Party ministers includes some fresh political faces working in high-profile portfolios, such as health and energy, and some who have served with previous Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. Name: Jason Kenney Ministry: Intergovernmental affairs Article Continued Below Riding: Calgary-Lougheed Philosophy: “Alberta is an idea,” Kenney said Tuesday. “The idea that strong families, communities … [Read more...] about Meet Alberta’s new United Conservative ministers
It is still uncertain what shape the new government would take, while the military-backed Phalang Pracharat Party continues to vie to form the next administration despite placing second behind Pheu Thai in terms of the number elected MPs at the general election on March 24. However, speculation has arisen that if even Phalang Prachart manages to form the new government, Surasak – who is close to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha – will not be back to oversee the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. This is because the party’s executives and its potential coalition partners would themselves want to take the ministerial post, which usually rated as among the ‘Grade A’ Cabinet positions. The ministry this week is holding a series of public seminars presenting notable work from some of the departments that Surasak has been closely supervising, including the NDP. Officials said the minister wished the public to learn that during the past … [Read more...] about Environment minister calls for fresh mindset to tackle new challenges in conservation work, amid speculation ov
Japan's Emperor Akihito prayed to a Shinto sun goddess on Tuesday, starting a day of ceremonies to mark the end of a three-decade reign in which he sought to ease painful memories of World War Two and bring the monarchy closer to people. Akihito, 85, was the first monarch to take the Chrysanthemum Throne under a post-war constitution that defines the emperor as a symbol of the people without political power. His abdication is the first in two centuries. His father, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was considered a living deity until after Japan's defeat in 1945, when he renounced his divinity. Akihito, together with Empress Michiko, his wife of 60 years and the first commoner to marry an imperial heir, carved out an active role as a symbol of reconciliation, peace and democracy. "I think the emperor is loved by the people. His image is one of encouraging the people, such as after disasters, and being close to the people," Morio Miyamoto, 48, said as he … [Read more...] about Emperor Akihito prays ahead of Japan’s first abdication in two centuries