US slams junta: Impeachment “politically driven,” Yingluck targeted while democracy interrupted

US: Impeachment ‘politically driven’ – The Nation, January 27, 2015
…”I’ll be blunt here: When an elected leader is deposed, impeached by the authorities that implemented the coup, and then targeted with criminal charges while basic democratic processes and institutions are interrupted, the international community is left with the impression that these steps could be politically driven”…

Reform bars Pheu Thai, says Yingluck – Bangkok Post, January 27, 2015
…Ms Yingluck said she wanted to see Thai democracy return but told Mr Russel that Pheu Thai was being left out of the reform process.
Mr Russel was also told that Pheu Thai did not know how the new charter would look but it suspected it may not be as democratic as hoped.
Mr Russel was quoted as saying that the impartiality of judicial institutions is important for people to have confidence in them…

Prayuth Shrugs Off ‘Snub’ By US Diplomat – Khaosod, January 27, 2015
…”Why would they come to meet me? They aren’t meeting with me because they know how I came to power,” explained Gen. Prayuth, who assumed the premiership last year after toppling an elected government in a military coup on 22 May 2014.
“Politics is politics,” he said…

Update: Prayuth blasts US envoy’s remarks, calls himself ‘democratic soldier

Update: US charge d’affaires summoned over call for the lifting of martial law which is considered an interference in the country’s internal affairs

Update: ‘What Would America Do?’ Thai Junta Asks US Envoy

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