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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (5 July 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (5 July 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– Thai Parliament picks speaker as PM vote nears
The leader of a minor party within Thailand’s new coalition was automatically elected yesterday as speaker in the newly formed parliament.  With no other candidates, and proposed by both major parties WITHIN the coalition, it was, as suggested, the ideal solution to the predicament of just which party should take the chair.   Subsequent voting was carried out to elect deputy speakers, and one from each, Phua Thai and move forward was chosen.  The olive branch approach then, ahead of a far more difficult decision, that of choosing Thailand’s new Prime Minister.  The 79 year old duly vowed to perform his duties with impartiality, honesty and transparency, in compliance with the Constitution, laws and parliamentary regulations.  Khun Wan has plenty pof experience, as in the past he has held several high ministerial positions. HE now will call a joint session, at a near future date, to begin the laborious task of choosing a new head of government.

Move Forward, along with their coalition partners continue to work toward securing the 64 votes required from senators, in order that they have a majority in the vote for PM.  Experts, according to Thai mainstream media, are saying that it has become a considerable struggle and a lot of that is, they say, due to the fact that the senators, to date, have all been appointed by the previous government and army rulers.  Due to the number of MPs within the coalition, which is the majority of elected MPS in the country,  were the vote to be from MPs alone, then Khun Pita would be romping into the top seat. HOWEVER, as senataors have an equal vote, effectively the senate has total control over who will become the next PM.  Their vote would be required for any candidate.  With many less than happy with some of the changes planned for the law here, K Pita’s succession ISN’T guaranteed.   Were Khun Pita NOT to be elected in the first place, further votes on him could be held however there is a limit and the next step could be the proposal of other candidates including the leader of Phua Thai, which came second in the election.  The Thai public is left sitting on their hands until the choice is made.

– Woman truck driver loses her life in highway shooting spree
A Chonburi woman lost her life this week as she and her husband drove a heavy goods vehicle on a highway through the Nakhon Si Thammarat region in the south.  With her at the wheel and husband resting, a vehicle pulled alongside and riddled the cab with bullets.  No word on the reasoning, and a full investigation is underway.  She managed to continue driving for some way to evade a second attack but passed away before medics could reach her.

– Deceased minor found in cement-filled cooler in Bangkok home 
In the capital, a 29 year old man has now been arrested following the grim discovery of a youngster’s corpse buried in concrete in an ice chest at his home.  Said to be that of a 12 year old NIECE through marriage, a full scale manhunt went into effect yesterday following the discovery.  The child had been abandoned by her parents at an early age and taken into the care of her aunt and had, according to family, developed some bad habits and been hit in the past whilst being berated by the man and his wife.  The man reportedly told family that he hadn’t meant to go as far as he did, when he used a baseball bat to hit her after she took food that the couple were supposed to be packing for others.  His wife is also being held by authorities.

– Man wanted for internet date assaults caught in Pattaya 
Meanwhile at home and in our province, a man who carried out a series of assaults on women he met over the internet, as reported in our news yesterday, has been caught by police.  Charged with the violent assault on at least 8 women, he had met his victims on a dating site before meeting in real life and persuading them to accompany him to secluded areas.

– Tourist caught driving Bentley with fake plates 
When police pulled a luxury vehicle over to the roadside for a check, they found that the owner, a 34 year old Chinaman DIDN’T have anything in the way of documentation for his Bentley.  Checks revealed that the registration number didn’t belong to the vehicle and that those on the vehicle were fakes.  He had been stopped after what officers describe as driving without due care..  The car had no tax sticker which raised eyebrows straight away.  The owner claims that he bought the vehicle from a Bangkok dealership. It’s likely that it will be impounded and a full investigation carried out, especially since in past years, vehicles were imported illegally into Thailand by unscrupulous grey market dealers and the chassis number will be sent to Bentley Rolls Royce for a check on its history.

– WARNING for condo buyers in Thailand 
Finally, a word of warning for condo buyers who DON’T have chanotes, that’s the title deed to their properties.  As one group of several dozen wait for court hearings in an attempt to GET their chanutes, we are told they have seen water and electricity cut off by their condo management despite paying.  This is an ongoing new story but it is essential to any buyer that they have title to their own property and purchasing from anyone is best done through a lawyer, to ensure clear titles.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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