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The Head of Myanmar Military Is Now Prime Minister

August 3, 2021

Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing has taken on the role of Prime Minister in a newly formed caretaker government, state media reported on Sunday, six months after the army seized power from a civilian government.
In a speech on Sunday, Min Aung Hlaing repeated a pledge to hold elections by 2023 and said his administration was ready to work with a future regional envoy on Myanmar.
, 2021, Min Aung Hlaing has chaired the State Administration Council (SAC) that was formed just after the coup and that has run Myanmar since then, and the caretaker government will replace it.
“In order to perform the country’s duties fast, easily and effectively, the state administration council has been re-formed as the caretaker government of Myanmar,” a newsreader on state Myawaddy television said.
In his speech, Min Aung Hlaing repeated a pledge to restore democracy, saying, “We will accomplish the provisions of the state of emergency by August 2023”.
He added: “I guarantee the establishment of a union based on democracy and federalism.”
Myanmar’s military has detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup. Here’s what you need to know
Myanmar’s military has detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup. Here’s what you need to know
Shortly after the coup, junta leaders promised new elections wi

As part of a newly formed caretaker government, Min Aung Hlaing has been named Prime Minister, state media reported on Sunday, six months after the army seized power from a civilian government.
On Sunday, Min Aung Hlaing pledged to hold elections by 2023 and said his administration would be ready to work with a future regional envoy on Myanmar.
After the coup, Min Aung Hlaing has headed the State Administration Council (SAC) that has run Myanmar since then, and the caretaker government will replace it.
The state administration council will serve as the caretaker government of Myanmar, a newsreader on state Myawaddy television said.
Min Aung Hlaing made a commitment to restore democracy, saying, “We will implement the provisions of the state of emergency by August 2023.”.
Added he: “I guarantee a union based on democracy and federalism.”
Within two years, junta leaders promised new elections. By referring to August 2023 on Sunday, some local media interpreted it as extending the deadline by six months.
As well as meeting any special envoy appointed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Min Aung Hlaing said his administration would also work with him.
Foreign ministers in Asia are to meet soon when diplomats intend to name a special envoy tasked with ending violence and encouraging dialogue between the government and its opponents.
Suu Kyi’s party won a set of elections that the military says were tainted by fraud. The government has said its takeover was constitutional. Allegations of fraud have been dismissed by the country’s electoral commission.
Suu Kyi, 75, was charged with several crimes after the coup. The trial on charges of illegally possessing walkie-talkie radios and breaking Coronavirus protocols will begin soon.
The military authorities have been facing months of protests, strikes that have paralyzed the public and private sectors, and renewed armed conflicts in the borderlands.
Authorities have branded their opponents as terrorists.
According to Min Aung Hlaing, the country is stable at present, except for a few terrorist attacks.
Activist group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners accuses the armed forces of killing 939 people in suppressing dissent since the coup and says at least 6,990 military opponents have been jailed.
It was reported that the number of protesters killed is much lower and that members of the armed forces have also been killed. In response to threats to national security, it said its response met international standards.

Thai PM Wants To Re-Open Country To Tourists In 120 Days, Thai Poll Disagrees

June 28, 2021

Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, has conducted an opinion survey that shows the majority of people believe reopening the country in 120 days is not feasible due to the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The online poll was conducted between June 21-24, 2021, on 3,320 people across the country to compile their opinions on the Thai PM’s announcement that the country would be reopened in 120 days amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

When asked if it would be possible to reopen the country within 120 days, 39.88% said this was unlikely, and 21.64% said it was impossible. In contrast, 30.26% thought it might be possible, and 8.22% were confident it could happen.

58.22% of respondents disagreed with the announcement, 25.90% agreed, and 15.88% were uncertain.

Asked whether they would accept a higher risk of Covid-19 reopening the country in 120 days, 51.05% said “no”; 26.93% said “yes”; and 22.02% were uncertain.

Asked what concerns them about the pledge to reopen the country in 120 days, respondents were allowed to select more than one concern:

-78.07% expressed concern about new variants of the Covid-19;

  • 71.18% expected more clusters of infections; and
  • 68.41% expected a new wave of the pandemic.

When asked what should be done to be able to reopen the country in 120 days, respondents said:

  • 85.12% said vaccinations must be accelerated;
  • 77.06% quarantine and suppression of illegal border crossers must be tightened;
  • 76.53% Increase the number of vaccine brands imported to adjust vaccination administration;
  • 71.78% vaccine distribution must be expedited; and
  • 54.75% case-finding needs to be stepped up to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

If asked what benefits reopening would have, regardless of whether they agreed with the 120-day schedule, the answers were:

  • 84.04% believe it could boost the economy;
  • 61.73% believed it could accelerate vaccinations; and
  • 50.10% believed it could draw tourists from abroad.

Walk-ins COVID-19 Vaccinations in Thailand Will Not Be Done Until June

May 14, 2021

Authorities say Covid-19 vaccinations will be available for walk-ins only starting next month.
Recentlly, the government announced walk-in services would be available to anyone who wanted them free of charge in any province.
Many people contacted hospitals to schedule their shots on May 13th,2021, and even walked into vaccination sites to request them. However, they were disappointed to learn there were no vaccines available on a walk-in basis.
The services will be ready by June 2021, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. “I told the BMA and the ministry to clarify so all misunderstandings can be averted,” he said.
PM Thaksin said he had told the Public Health Ministry and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to clarify things.
After inspecting Chulalongkorn University’s vaccination service, Gen Prayut confirmed the government plans to offer walk-in services if there are enough vaccine doses.
Each day, we will have vaccine doses in reserve. Rest assured that everyone will receive vaccine shots, the Thai PM said.
Gen Prayut said the government attached great importance to the industrial sector as it creates jobs and exports goods, key sources of income for the country.
Therefore, surveillance against transmissions in factories must be stepped up.
Additionally, he said that he was worried about every eatery and the service sector in general, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.
The PM promised that the government would take care of factory workers, public bus drivers, taxi motorcycle riders, taxi drivers, and delivery servicemen.
Thailand’s prime minister insisted that AstraZeneca’s vaccine would arrive next month as planned.
Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health confirmed there would be no delay, the PM said.
AstraZeneca’s Anutin assured that the vaccines would be delivered to the patient as promised on Thursday.
The country has also stockpiled Sinovac vaccines from China, he said.
The companies have told us that the vaccines are now in containers and awaiting shipment, Antin said.
Beginning next month, we will be able to vaccinate millions of people.
On June 7, 2021, the country planned to begin mass vaccinations, with 50 million people, or approximately 70% of the population, receiving vaccinations.
As only 10% of the 16 million targeted people – the elderly and those with seven chronic diseases – had registered for their shots, the government adjusted its plan by offering walk-in services instead.
According to Anutin, he proposed a walk-in service for those who wanted Covid-19 vaccinations after hearing the number of people registering for jabs was lower than expected.
Nevertheless, he said only 20% of vaccine doses had been set aside for walk-ins, so people should understand if they were not offered one.
Medical teams across the country are preparing walk-in services, said the minister, but he couldn’t speak for Bangkok because the capital isn’t the ministry’s responsibility

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The Ghost of Thaksin

May 22, 2010

One of the problems that the current  prime minister of Thailand, Abhisit, had with the red shirt protest of the last few months is that he is dealing with a ghost. The ghost has a name and it is Thaksin Shinawatra.

            I do want to say that Thaksin is in fact alive. His spirit or ghost still exists in Thailand even though he has been in exile for the last two years. He is too chicken to go to jail for two years. He may not be here, but he is able to haunt Thai politics through good use of his money and through supporters he had in northern and northeastern Thailand.

            When Thaksin was in power from 2001 to 2006, his policies partly helped people in the above-mentioned Thai regions. HE gave them everything that they wanted and he focused on them no other Thai PM had ever done before. He even had a program to give them free cows which meant a lot in the agricultural Northeast or Isaan as it is called in Thai. He literally gave them money There are pictures of him giving 1,000 Baht notes on the streets of Isaan streets in the Bangkok Post and the Nation. As a result, he viewed almost akin to a god in Isaan. Most red shirts come from Isaan and the Thai North.

            Abhisit and the Thai government have to beat a person that is a legend, a spirit and a god. How do you beat such a person? You can’t use reason because he is above reason. You can’t kill him because he has become immortal in the eyes of his followers. You can’t argue with him because he is not here. It is very hard to beat somebody who is not even here.

            Thaksin is like those ghosts in all those horror films. They can’t be touched. They can’t be killed because they are already dead. The protagonists of these movies like Abhisit will have to deal with the villains in the endless sequels of the original movie.

            Thaksin is like Madonna. He has changed his image to suit his purposes. When he was in power, he was the decisive CEO dictator who squash his anybody in his way by using the Thai legal system. When he was out of power, he suddenly became an ardent supported of the democratic concept. He and his supporters said that he was the victim of a mysterious third party that was out to destroy all that he stood for. After his money was confiscated earlier this year by the Thai courts, he is Jesus, a fighter for social justice and a victim of the elites. How do you fight a person who keeps on changing his stand?

            Abhisit is fighting a person who is not here and who keeps on changing like a changeling. It is no wonder that the Thai government can’t deal with such a man.