Thailand News Today | Poll says 64% of Thais are fed up with Prime Minister Prayut

A new poll from the National Institute of Development Administration (or NIDA) has shown that the majority of people want Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to end his role as prime minister at the end of his eight-year term. August 24.

There have been varying interpretations of the current constitution and whether the prime minister is eligible to continue in his role or has now served his eight-year term.

The constitution allows prime ministers to serve a maximum of two four-year terms, for a total term of eight years. However, the latest version of the Thai Constitution was ratified in 2017, just 5 years ago, making Prime Minister Prayut’s current term his first under. THIS Constitution. So, is he eligible for another term or not?

According to this NIDA poll, conducted between August 2 and 4 by phone, the majority of people want Prayut’s term to end this month. Some 64% of those polled said the prime minister’s eight years are up and he is expected to announce his departure before his term ends on August 24.

The survey interviewed 1,312 adults over the age of 18 from a variety of incomes, jobs and education levels.

While the majority of people believe Prayut should confirm his departure at the end of the term, 32% believe the court should make a final decision. The remaining 2.8% declined to comment on the issue.

The poll also asked about the trio of senior generals who run the country: General Prayut, General Prawit Wongsuwan and General Anupong Paochinda. A solid 80% of those polled did not want any of these three to be involved in forming the next government.

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Perhaps emboldened by the new discovery, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul rushed to say that, if the people want him, he is ready to step in as Thailand’s next prime minister.

Anutin, who has also served as public health minister throughout the tumultuous pandemic of delayed vaccine rollouts and xenophobic comments, said if Thai citizens want him to be their next leader, he is ready to be a candidate. .

Anutin is the leader of the Bhumjaithai party and yesterday traveled to Lop Buri province to officially announce the party’s new candidates for the upcoming MP elections.

It is a tradition of the Bhum Jai Thai party, which currently controls 3 ministries, to also make the party leader the candidate for prime minister, so Anutin said he would take on the role if need be.

“If I have to be Prime Minister, I will be.” Oh what a saint.

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Cheap and flammable sound absorption panels are believed to have caused the tragic fire at Mountain B nightclub in Chon Buri province. The total death toll rose to 15 after a man injured in the blaze died in hospital on Saturday. About 40 people were injured in total.

The owners of Mountain B soundproofed the nightclub’s ceilings and walls with flammable sound-dampening sponges, which caused the fire to rip through the venue in seconds. With 50 people inside the venue and only one small exit lane, several people were unable to get out in time.

Survivors reported seeing burning sound-absorbing panels melt and fall on people, killing them. The fire is reminiscent of the 2008 New Year’s Eve fire that occurred at Bangkok’s famous ‘Santika Pub’ club in Ekkamai. A total of 66 people died in the blaze and 103 people were injured after fireworks were shot at the ceiling inside the site.

The court acquitted the owner of Santika Pub Wisuk Set Sawat of gross negligence causing death, despite having no emergency exit signs in the building and failing to install sufficient emergency lighting in accordance with the Building Control Act.

Mountain B was open illegally. It was built illegally, did not have a proper license, and was open after hours specified by law. The venue had been closed several times before and the owner was last arrested in July. Still, the venue managed to open last Thursday.

The 27-year-old owner of Mountain B was arrested and faces charges of reckless behavior causing death and operating a nightclub without a license.

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Thailand’s Federation of Thai Industries said it fears China could deprive Taiwan of the raw materials needed to make the semiconductors that Thailand’s auto industry depends on.

The FTI said the Thai auto industry was in desperate need of semiconductors, there was a global shortage and if they couldn’t get them imported, it meant higher car prices, including including electric vehicles.

Ironically, it was only Friday that Thailand revealed it could benefit from the China-Taiwan mini-trade war and was seeking to supply a number of different food items that the mainland would ban.

Tensions have escalated between China and Taiwan due to a visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In response, China embarked on a series of military exercises around the Taiwan Strait and reportedly followed by banning the import of certain fruits and fish products from Taiwan.

Surapong Paisitpatanapong, vice president and spokesman of the FTI automobile club, said if the China-Taiwan relationship intensifies and Beijing decides not to export silica, the shortage of semiconductors will worsen.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co is the world leader largest contract semiconductor manufacturer and imports 90% of its total silica sand from China.

The company supplies chips to many industries, including the automotive industry. If its production is interrupted, the continuation [semiconductor] the shortage will get worse.

As things stand, automakers have had to suspend production of some car models and delay deliveries. Some must consider increasing the prices of cars and motorcycles due to rising semiconductor prices.

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There has been a significant increase in searches for Airbnb accommodations in Thailand. Data shows that between January and March this year, the number of searches for Airbnb accommodation in the kingdom increased by 180% compared to the same period last year.

Thai and international travelers have particularly sought out Airbnb accommodations in hotspots such as Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui.

This news comes after the Thai Hotels Association said last week that Hotel occupancy rates in southern Thailand expected to increase during the “high season” from October to December. About 80% of hotels in Songkhla province have reopened after the “Thailand Pass” was scrapped on July 1.

The council chairman said Songkhla expects around 800,000 foreign visitors in 2022, which is “about 40% of the two million visitors per year before the pandemic”.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Kingdom has attracted 3.3 million foreign tourists between January and July of this year. In July, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports said it expected around 9.3 million foreign visitors arrive in 2022.

It remains to be seen how many foreign visitors will come to the “Land of Smiles” this year. But with the surge in Airbnb searches from Thai and international travellers, so far it seems tourism in Thailand is slowly but surely making a comeback.

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