Weekly News Magazines: Who will be the next PM, February, 2019

From Manager Weekly, February 2-8, 2019

Main cover reads: Who will be the new PM?

[The cover shows expected PM candidates. Starting from the top left, Pheu Thai’s strategy head Sudarat, pro-junta party Palang Pracharat leader Uttama Savanayana, PM Prayuth (who is expected to be invited by Palang Prcharat to become the party’s PM), Deputy PM Somkid (key person helping PM Prayuth to become PM again), Bhumjaithai party’s leader Anutin Charnvirakul, Thai Liberal Party leader former police commissioner Pol General Seripisut Temiyavet, Chartthanipattana party’s leader Kanchana Silpa-archa, Democrat Party leader Abhisit, former Transport Minister and top Pheu Thai PM candidate Chatchart Sittipan and Future Forward party’s leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Also shown at bottom left are pro-junta party Action Coalition for Thailand key figures Suthep and M.R. Chatumongol Sonakul. ]

Top: Collecting pictures of the royal-sponsored cremation of “Luang Phor Koon” the revered monk of the highland “who always gave”

[Refers to country’s revered monk Luang Phor Koon Parisuthon, an abbot of Wat Ban Rai in northeastern province Nakhon Ratchsima. Thousands of people attended his final farewell held on January 30 sponsored by the royal family. He was one of Thailand’s revered monks as he always helped people and was not addicted to wealth.]

Bottom left: Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha bans the dangerous toxic [chemicals]… If we won’t fight… then we must accept the result.

[Refers to Dr. Thiravat Hemechudha who is calling for a ban on using Paraquat as it is dangerous to people’s health. Paraquat is a herbicide used in agriculture and many countries in the world have already banned it. ]

Left: Shut Down Bangkok [white] Learn the lessons of “deadly dust” “China-Foreign countries” can do. Can “Thailand” also do it?

[Refers to the serious air pollution in Thailand, particularly in Bangkok. The junta and the government agencies have been criticized on the slow response to tackle the smog. ]

From Matichon Weekly, February 1-7, 2019

Main cover reads: Being a politician will gain many things more than you expected?

[Refers to PM Prayuth who has announced to fully become a politician after he initially said he would not become one. If we get the joke of the cover, it implies he has become addicted to power and aggressiveness and now attempts to maintain his power as the PM again through support from pro-junta political parties.]

Top: Kunalai ‘Great revered monk of Korat’ Luang Phor Koon who was not worldly-minded.

[Refers to country’s revered monk Luang Phor Koon Parisuthon, an abbot of Wat Ban Rai in Nakhon Ratchsima province, known as “Korat.: Thousands attended his cremation held on January 30, 2019. He was an example of living the simple life and getting rid of all wealth and prestige.]

From Lokwannee, February 1-8, 2019

On clapper board: Do it for yourself; Episode: Name list of PM

People’s saying: Act…ion!!!

[Refers to pro-junta party Phalang Pracharat which is planning to invite PM Prayuth to be its PM candidate. The cartoon shows a dinosaur’s tale representing the military appearing from behind the curtain. This pro-Thaksin media outlet uses a dinosaur on its cover often to represent the old-fashioned thinking military.
This cover refers to the Thai idiom “a tail is appearing.” It means a person who is trying to hide something, but, in reality, everyonw knows the truth about it. Here, it means that Prayuth is the real power behind the pro-military Phalang Pracharat Party that was created to continue military control of government.]

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