Thailand. In June, the Constitutional Court ordered the former ruling party Thai straight Thai (‘Thais love Thais’) to be dissolved for cheating in general elections in 2006. At the same time, its 111 most prominent leaders were banned from working politically for five years. One of those excluded from the political arena was former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived abroad since he was deposed in a military coup in September 2006. A few days later, the ban on normal political activity was lifted for the country’s other parties, which could thus start preparing for the job. the new election promised by the military government in December.
According to CountryAAH, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. A new constitution was adopted in a referendum in August. However, the opposition was strong in northeast Thailand, where Thaksin has the most followers. The constitution was considered to be clearly aimed at preventing the former prime minister from returning to power, mainly by prohibiting the head of government from holding large shareholdings in private companies. Thaksin was charged, among other things. for buying votes and political support with the help of his large private fortune. It will also be easier to put a prime minister before the national court.
A major winner in the parliamentary elections was the previously insignificant People’s Power (PPP), whose success was explained by attracting those who previously worked for or voted for Thai straight Thai. The party missed its own majority with a dozen mandates and started government negotiations with smaller parties. These negotiations were still in progress at year-end.
In southern Thailand, the separatist Muslim uprising that has been going on since 2004 continued.
That the revered king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who turned 80 in December, should not be criticized, the Internet site YouTube experienced. Thai authorities shut down YouTube in April after images that were believed to offend King Bhumibol had been posted. Only in August could the site be reopened after those responsible promised that similar posts would be filtered out.
A few months after Bangkok’s new major airport Suvarnabhumi was inaugurated in the fall of 2006, technical problems created such difficulties that the aviation authorities were forced to reopen the old airport Don Muang.
From May 2014, the dictator spoke every Friday on TV at the best broadcast time to explain the dictatorship’s policy. Often these were “broadcasts” of more than an hour’s duration. In March 2015, the dictator declared that he was tired of speaking and that weekly broadcasts would be reduced to 20-30 minutes.
The armed conflict in the southern part of the country escalated during 2014. 162 civilians were killed during the year. In November, the dictatorship delivered 2,700 semi-automatic weapons to civilian militias in the area.
In August 2015, a bomb at the Erawan Temple in Bangkok killed 27 and wounded 120. No one subsequently took responsibility for the bomb. United States for the investigation. It fueled speculation that it was the dictatorship itself that was behind the bomb.
The country’s economy has been in recession since 2013 and was further hit by the Chinese devaluations in August 2015.
In the summer of 2015, a comprehensive criminal organization of traffickers, abductors, murderers and slave traders was revealed in southern Thailand. The organization smuggled people from Bangladesh and Rohingya from Myanmar into Thailand, and in some cases to Malaysia. But the smugglers placed most victims in secret camps in the jungle, where they were then forced to call relatives in Myanmar or Bangladesh who were forced to buy them for € 2500-3500. Several hundred refugees this failed for were killed. The organization was discovered when authorities in southern Thailand found mass graves with hundreds of victims. The 2015 investigation revealed that dozens of Thai government officials and businessmen were involved in the organization. The most prominent of these was Lieutenant General Manus Kongpan. However, the link to the military quickly jeopardized the investigation. In December 2015, the Chief of Investigation, Major General Paween Pongsirin, fled the country and sought asylum in Australia after facing threats from the military. After a lengthy trial, in July 2017, dozens of small and large fish were sentenced in the case – including many public servants. (Thailand convicts traffickers after 2015 mass graves discovery, Guardian 19/7 2017)
Military dictatorship created a new “constitution” which in August 2016 was adopted in a “referendum” with 61% of the vote. The dictatorship banned criticism of the draft constitution in the period leading up to the vote. 120 politicians, journalists and activists who nevertheless broke the ban were arrested and sentenced by military courts. The dictatorship also prohibited monitoring the elections.
King Bhumibol died in October 2016 after more than 70 years on the throne. After a grieving period, his son Vajiralongkorn formally assumed the throne on December 1st. He was expected to be crowned a year later. The newly inaugurated the king asked for a large number of amendments to the just-adopted dictatorship constitution, and they were voted through in parliament by a large majority in January 2017.
The dictatorship continued the trial of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for alleged criminal wastefulness in managing the state’s rice subsidy program. In October 2016, the government ordered her to pay a $ 1 billion fine. US $ for losses due to the program.
Thailand weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 31 ° C and 36 ° C can be expected over the next three months. It gets warmest in April in Chiang Mai, a little cooler in March in Koh Samui.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 27-30 ° C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
In March it rains depending on the region of 5 (Bangkok) to 6 days (Phuket), in April to 8 (Bangkok) to 13 days (Koh Samui) and in May of 16 (Koh Samui) to 20 days (Phuket).
In the period from March to May, the sun shines an average of 6 to 10 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in April in Koh Samui, with less sun you will have to get by in May in Chanthaburi.