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2006-08-07 03:20:59

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra kicked off his campaign on Monday for a general election re-run, handing out cows and land deeds in Thailand's poorest region. The three-day tour of the northeast, which has the most lawmakers in the 500-member lower house of parliament and where Thaksin remains very popular, drew accusations he was using taxpayer money to win re-election. Opposition parties, whose boycott of an April general...

2006-07-13 02:35:01

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Constitutional Court agreed on Thursday to consider allegations of electoral abuse by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's ruling party and the main opposition party which could lead to their being disbanded. Three minor parties caught up in political shenanigans during April's general election -- which has since been annulled -- will also come under the court's scrutiny. "The Constitutional Court voted to hear the cases to dissolve five political...

2006-05-02 02:00:26

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - A top Thai court said on Tuesday it would probably take until the middle of May to decide whether to annul the inconclusive April 2 snap general election which plunged the country into a major constitutional crisis. But with three courts, all with overlapping areas of authority, now involved in the deliberations, there was no clear indication when a way out of the impasse might be found. Political opponents of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra...

2006-04-21 22:30:33

By Nopporn Wong-Anan NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Reuters) - Fear and fatigue loomed large in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Saturday as officials beefed up security on the eve of by-elections unlikely to resolve a constitutional crisis. Double or triple the number of police and troops would be deployed around 466 polling stations in Narathiwat province on Sunday, four days after five people were killed in bomb and gun attacks during Senate elections, officials said. In addition to the...

2006-04-21 03:07:08

By Nopporn Wong-Anan NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Reuters) - Thais vote in by-elections on Sunday likely to leave some parliamentary seats still empty and prolong a constitutional crisis three weeks after an inconclusive general election. The 40 by-elections are mostly in the southern stronghold of the Democrats, one of the opposition parties boycotting the poll, and some TRT candidates running unopposed are unlikely to win the necessary 20 percent of the eligible vote to enter...

2006-04-19 00:52:56

By Vissuta Pothong BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thais voted on Wednesday for a new Senate in a poll which could intensify a campaign against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra if his supporters come to dominate the supposedly neutral upper house. Candidates for the Senate, a chamber meant to act as a check on the government and select members of independent watchdog bodies, are not allowed to have a party affiliation or to campaign. But many of those vying for the 200 seats are related to...

2006-04-03 08:52:32

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra claimed victory in Thailand's snap election on Monday, saying his party had won more than 50 percent of votes cast. However, his party's majority in the poll -- which was boycotted by the three main opposition parties -- dropped to 16 million votes from 19 million in a February 2005 election, Thaksin said on television. His Thai Rak Thai party also won 349 seats, down from 377 a year ago, he said on a political talk show.

2006-04-02 22:23:28

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - Voters in Bangkok and southern Thailand appeared on Monday to have given Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra a slap in the face with a strong protest "No vote" in an election unlikely to end a protracted political crisis. An opposition boycott of Sunday's poll -- billed by Thaksin as a referendum on his leadership -- had already guaranteed constitutional chaos because of the inevitability of empty seats in parliament, which must be full for a...

2006-04-02 18:42:32

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was unable to claim the decisive mandate he sought after a strong protest vote in Sunday's snap poll pointed to a constitutional crisis. Refusing to recognize the election as legitimate, the opposition did not put up any candidates and urged voters instead to tick the "no vote" box on their ballots. The strategy seemed to work in Bangkok where "no votes" were in a clear majority with at least half the ballots...

2006-04-02 17:25:52

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Early results from Sunday's snap poll in Thailand showed a strong protest vote that could keep Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from claiming the mandate he sought and lead to a constitutional crisis. Refusing to recognize the election as legitimate, the opposition boycotted the polls, which Thaksin called three years early to counter weeks of street protests. The result is that nearly 70 percent of the 399 seats at stake were uncontested and many...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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