Weekly News Magazines: All About Elections, September, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, September 21-27, 2018
Main cover reads: Social media can’t enter
On the box: Election [with yearly dates crossed out indicating the many delays to eventual elections]

[Refers to the new order from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that allows political parties to use social media only for contacting their members, but not for campaigning.
This unclear order has raised a question whether the junta really wants to unlock the politics as they have promised.]

Top: The sibling rivalry of the ‘Blue.’ The PDRC in the name of ‘Warong’ competes for a post of ‘leader’ from ‘Mark’ paving the way for the NCPO to occupy the Democrats?

[Refers to Warong Dechgitvigrom (pictured right) announcing he will vie with former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva (left) for the post of the Democrat Party leader.
Warong is supported by former Democrat Party Suthep Thaugsuban, a leader of anti-Yingluck People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Recently, Suthep has announced a new party to support PM Prayuth in the coming elections.
The headline points out how going to Warong as Democrat Party leader would result in the Democrats supporting the military-led government after the next elections.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, September 21-27, 2018
Main cover reads: Feeling awkward

[Refers to PM Prayuth who has recently admitted interest in participating in politics. This is after longstanding rumors that he would seek to maintain the PM post after elections, despite many public denials. The headline likely refers to this long fake public denial when ultimately the admission was made that Prayuth intends to remain in politics.]

From Lokwannee, September 22-28, 2018
Main cover reads: More than “shameful”

[Refers to UN’s recent report named Thailand among 38 countries as having a “shameful attitude” in carrying out reprisals against human rights defenders. This report embarrassed the junta which always claims that they have helped improve the political situation in the country. The cartoonist illustrates the junta as a dinosaur to mean they are old-fashioned in their thinking. The pink light stick refers to the light sticks PM Prayuth carried when a famous Japanese band paid a visit to the junta. These sticks are used in audiences for pop music acts in Asia.]

From Manager Weekly, September 22-28, 2018
Main cover reads: #Poom clings to Toe
Deputy PM Prawit at left: The country is in trouble because of who? You need to clear all legal matters against yourself first.
Thaksin at right: His stance and voice look serious, not humble like when he clung my table and begged for the army chief post.

[Refers to a recent war of words between Thaksin and Deputy PM Prawit sparked by Thaksin’s call for reconciliation.
Deputy PM Prawit responded by saying Thaksin should clear all his legal cases first before thinking about talks between old political rivals.
Thaksin then posted a message on social media to criticize Prawit saying that he looks official and serious now, which was a big difference from when he was groveling at Thaksin’s feet and begging for the post of army commander from Thaksin. Deputy PM Prawit was army commander-in-chief from 2004 to 2005, when Thaksin was prime minister.
Thaksin’s post was meant to humiliate Prawat, but it also exposed the power of Thaksin, who once had the ability to appoint who he wanted to top posts that were supposed to be awarded on merit and through bureaucratic channels.
On the cover, this political exchange is compared to famous Thai rock stars Asanee and Wasan Chotikul.
At left the left is Asanee, whose nickname is “Poom.” This is the same that Deputy PM Prawit has.
At right is Wasan whose nickname is “Toe” which means “table” in English.
In the photo, Asanee (Poom) is clinging his brother Wasan (Toe), mimicking the Thaksin insult that said Prawit clung to his table to beg him for a job.]

Top: “Special mission” [black] new ERC. Settling the dispute on purchasing the stocks of [blue] GLOW [black] is only the “tip of the iceberg.” Still, there are a lot of “millions-baht” baht benefits waiting for them. [yellow] ERC
In black underneath: Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)
[Refers to a recent appointment of the new Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) by PM Prayuth through the article 44 as he accused the previous ERC of working too slow and sparking frequent conflicts. The new members include ERC Chairman Samoechai (pictured).
One of the challenges for the new ERC is to solve the problem of the purchase of GLOW stocks by PTT.]

Bottom left: Complicated-hidden. Mysterious relationship between “Kae-Aerk-Paul”
[Refers to a mysterious cause of suicide of former sexy model Kay Lederer. She left her note accusing her business partner, Aerk Lederer (left) of fraud. Later, Aerk denied any part in her decision to commit suicide and placed the blame on her fiancé’s Paul (right).

Right: Reduce the number of new smokers to protect the youth from smoking. [inside the orange circle] Special

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