The young lawmaker who shatters Thailand’s deepest taboo

In a move never before attempted by any Thai politician, opposition MP Rangsiman Rome has proposed a “new deal” between the people and the monarchy to ensure that Thailand becomes a “real democratic constitutional monarchy”.

He said the deal could be reached through a new Constitution, written by an elected charter drafting assembly.

A former student activist, Rangsiman shattered a decades-old taboo by speaking openly in Parliament about the monarchy’s role and power, adding that the revered institution is being exploited by certain groups for their selfish benefit.

“What’s happening does not benefit ordinary people. They know these things would not happen if the monarchy was truly constitutional,” he said during a debate in Parliament last wee

Gen Apirat: Army chief with strong political views

Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong has stirred up politics and ruffled more than a few feathers during his two years as Thailand’s most powerful military figure.

He has launched repeated public attacks on certain “unnamed” politicians and political parties, whom he accuses of attempting to divide and destabilise the country, thereby threatening national security.

Apirat, who took over as commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army in October 2018, has slammed “pretend extreme leftists” and those who suffer from the “little emperor syndrome” and constantly demand attention.

He claimed these people were staging a “proxy war” by provoking youngsters to protest against the establishment and insult the monarchy. He also accused them of adopting the so-

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