Politicians have slammed the National Legislative Assembly for passing a bill that effectively delays the general election by 90 days. The NLA voted 196-12 with 14 abstentions on Thursday to approve the section of the MP election organic bill which sets its effective date 90 days after it is published in the Royal Gazette. The result is the general election can only be held 150 days after it takes effect, or by the end of February at the latest.If there had been no such delay stipulated in the bill, the polls would have been held in November this year.Although Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said earlier on Thursday the February timetable was not set in stone as the election could take place anywhere in the 150-day period if all sides were ready, politicians remained unconvinced.Chusak Sirinil, chief legal adviser of Pheu Thai party, said the move came as no surprise.“[The NLA] is an organ of the same body. We should be thankful they did not choose 150 days, three years … [Read more...] about Politicians cry foul over polls delay
A German politician from the far-right political party Alternative for Germany (AfD) resigned and converted to Islam. Arthur Wagner stepped down on January 11, the group wrote in a Facebook post, and said the decision came as a surprise. The party touts an anti-immigration, anti-Islam platform. Arthur Wagner, a German politician from the far-right political party Alternative for Germany (AfD), has resigned and converted to Islam, according to a party spokesman. Wagner confirmed his resignation to the German publication Der Tagesspiege. Wagner was a leading member of the AfD in Germany’s eastern state of Brandenburg. He left the party on January 11, AfD chairman Andreas Kalbitz wrote in a Facebook post, adding the decision came as a surprise.Kalbitz told CNN that Wagner had previously been active in the party’s Christian wing.Wanger joined the AfD in 2015 and was a member of the Brandenburg committee … [Read more...] about A German politician from an anti-Islam party resigned and converted to Islam
When’s the last time you went to Tim Hortons or Starbucks and found they had run completely out of coffee? I’m going to guess never. Because in business, you need to have enough of the main product you deliver to meet the needs of every customer who walks in the door. Which means you order and stock more than you expect to need, so that you never run out. As a rule, the city government doesn’t follow this philosophy in budgeting for the services it delivers. Our politicians’ focus is typically on making sure as little money as possible is spent, and therefore providing as little service as is feasible. If you want your kid to take swimming lessons you need to get up early in the morning and participate in a registration frenzy for the limited spots. If you want to take the Yonge subway to work in the morning, you often need to wait while several overfull trains pass you by and then snuggle right up intimately with your fellow citizens, because there is too … [Read more...] about Planned scarcity is bad for a Tim Hortons or a Starbucks so why do Toronto’s politicians think it’s a good thing?
Politicians have slammed a move by a National Legislative Assembly (NLA) committee to delay the enforcement of the organic bill on MP election which may result in the election being postponed until February 2019. The majority of the NLA panel vetting the bill on Friday voted for it to be effective only 90 days after it is passed and published in the Royal Gazette, instead of immediately.According to the constitution, an election must be held within 150 days of the required laws, including the MP election law, being promulgated. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted the election will be held in November this year.The second and third readings of the organic law on MP election are scheduled for Jan 25.Pheu Thai heavyweight Chaturon Chaisang said the NLA panel's decision is "nothing but a ploy aimed at fulfilling the regime's desire to further delay the election" and to prepare for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resume premiership as an outsider PM after the election.Attempts … [Read more...] about Politicians revolt against NLA move
MITROVICA, KOSOVO—A leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo was gunned down Tuesday morning, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia.Assailants opened fire on Oliver Ivanovic, 64, close to the offices of his political party in the Serb-controlled northern city of Mitrovica. He was taken to a hospital but doctors were unable to save him.The doctors said Ivanovic had received at least five gunshot wounds to his upper torso. The assailants escaped in a car that was later found burned out. Kosovo police sealed off the area of the shooting and began a manhunt for the attackers. Read more: Hundreds of neckties hang outside Kosovo PM’s office in protest over pay raise … [Read more...] about Key Kosovo Serb politician gunned down outside office, police start manhunt