Weekly News Magazines: Govt minister and the pro-junta party, November, 2018

From Siamrath Weekly Review, November 23-29, 2018
Main cover reads: If [red] 24 Feb [white] no election?

[Refers to a concern of the public whether the election will really take place February 24 next year. Recently PM Prayuth announced the election will take place on that date, but many expect further delays. ]

From Matichon Weekly, November 23-29, 2018
Main cover reads: By design [blue] 350 [red] seat
[Refers to pro-Prayut party Palang Pracharath led by ministers under the junta such as Commerce minister Sontirat Sontijirawong (second left) and Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana (third left), and former political Somsak Thepsuthin (left) and Suriya Juengrungruangkit (right). The party announced that it would win 350 seats in the coming election. This will effectively enable the military junta to maintain power.]

Top: Article 44 and the election. Somchai Srisutthiyakorn points out “Montesquieu” to teach his junior at “EC” [Election Commissioner]
[Refers to former Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn giving a lesson from philosopher Montesquieu to warn his colleagues at the EC about working under the junta’s absolute power under Article 44.
In August, Thaksin quoted Montesquieu in his first tweet since his sister, former Pm Yingluck, fled the country noting the dangers of tyranny in the service of justice.]

From Lokwannee, November 23-30, 2018
Main cover reads: They designed it for us.
[Refers to a current constitution which is criticized as the tool to pave the way for the junta to return to the power again.
The cover shows a dog costume which is in vogue in pet-crazy Thailand now. It is being worn by a monitor lizard to symbolize the military. Depicting someone as a monitor lizard is an insult.]

From Manager Weekly, November 24-30, 2018
Main cover reads: [top] 4 [red] super sons. [bottom] 4 supper sons [black] 2018
[Refers to junta’s four ministers (left to right Commerce minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee and Prime Minister’s Office Minister Kobsak Pootralkool) who established the pro-Prayuth Party Palang Pracharath. This has led to loud calls for them to give up their government posts to ensure the neutrality of the positions.
They are compared here to characters from the famous drama “4 Super Sons” about four fighting boys. This implies the four government ministers will fight to protect their master which is military-led government.]

Top: Disclose a mission of “heart with wings” [red] “Caption Moo-Anutin Charnvirakul” [black] with his mission as [red] “Organ-deliver pilot”
[Refers to a story of Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin ‘Moo’ Charnvirakul who is a pilot helping to deliver organs to patients.]
Bottom left: Arrest of Carlos Ghosn Chairman of Nissan impacts Renault-Mitsubishi and France.
[Refers to an arrest of Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Chairman, due to allegations of violating financial laws. The arrest causes a huge impact on the alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. Recently, Mitsubishi fired him from a position of chairman of the company. The French government owned 20% of company’s stocks in the Renault and insisted that Ghosn will remain the CEO of Renault.]

Middle: Tracking “Thaug” – An abettor attacks the Democrat party to be weakened to order to pave the way to dominate the party again.
[Refers to former Democrat party member Suthep Thaugsuban who quit the Democrat Party to lead the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in its successful attempt to destabilize the Yingluck-led Pheu Thai government. Although he resigned from the Democrat Party and now has his own party, he still has deep influence within the Democrat party and represents a danger to Abhisit’s leadership of the party and his attempt to distance it from the junta.]

Right: Introduce 4 helpers to totally quit smoking
Inside orange circle: Special

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