Weekly News Magazines: Suriya leaves Pheu Thai, June, 2018

From Manager Weekly, June 23-29, 2018
Main cover reads: Jung [red] ‘rungreang’ kit
[Refers to a difference of political opinions in the Jungrungreangkit family. Suriya Jungrungreangkit (left), is a former Pheu Thai member and Thaksin supporter. Recently he announced that he would join the Pracharath Party. This is a new party that will support PM Prayuth in the coming election.
In contrast, his nephew Thanathorn (right) established a new political party named the Future Forward Party that uses Red Shirt rhetoric and vows to rip up the new charter.
The headline uses the word ‘rungreang’ in their family name which means prosperity. It implies that despite the related persons helming different parties, they both are help to support family’s prosperity.]

Top: “Big Tu” [PM Pryuth] visits UK-France with a warm welcome from economic partners to [red] push forward FTA. [black] Eastern Economic Corridor
Bottom left: RIP “Pol. Gen. Wasit Detkunchon” [yellow] The trusty police [white] and a master of crime novel author.
[Refers to a passing away of well-respected senior police officer and author Wasit Detkunchon.]

From Matichon Weekly, June 22-28, 2018
Main cover picture: Digital vs Analog, building a star, but different one
[Another reference to the political split in the Jungrungreangkit family. While Thanathorn (left), has started the Future Forward Party, which is dedicated to removing the military from power and rewriting the charter, Suriya Jungrungreangkit, former Pheu Thai member, announced he was leaving Thaksin’s Pheu Thai Party to join the Pracharath Party which will support PM Prayuth to continue as prime minister.]

Top: Latest roadmap from ‘Prayuth Chan-ocha’ the election will be held after the ‘coronation’
[Refers to PM Prayuth who recently announced that elections have to wait until after the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. This is still stirring fresh doubt about the timeline of the elections. Presently, it is expected that elections will be held in February 2019.]

From Lokwannee, June 22-28, 2018
Main cover reads: Dictators never die. 86 years after 24 June 1932 [the date of the overthrow of the absolute monarchy], there were 12 coups, tearing the constitution [canceling the constitution] and rewriting 20 constitutions. There were 29 PMs, 16 from elections, 13 military of which 11 came from coups.
[Refers to dictatorship and Thailand’s politics. After the Siamese revolution on 24 June 1932, Thailand faced persistent dictatorship and coups that overthrew elected governments.
This sort of cover is meant to remind the readers that a military government is in power now and voters should make sure it does not continue to be in power.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, June 22-28, 2018
Main cover reads: Power of [red] 3S
[Refers to three politicians who will be key persons to support PM Prayuth to maintain power after the coming election.
Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak (left) is known as the key political strategist for the junta in the coming election.
Influential Pheu Thai party member Suriya Jungrungreangkit (middle) and Somsak Thepsuthin (right), leader of Wang Nam Yom faction, left their parties to join the new party Pracharath Party which will support PM Prayuth to reclaim the premiership after the election.
“3S” comes from the first letter in Somkid, Suriya and Somsak.]

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