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What a dramatic weekend for observers of Thailand's political situation. For my two cents on the situation do read the first story! Comments to my twitter please.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Editor
 
 
  Thailand is headed for another political crisis (and it can't stop itself)  
 
     
 
  If the military succeed in getting Prayuth re-elected he will likely be the leader of a minority government. While the senate is allowed to vote for the prime minister, the lower house will be responsible for most matters of governance.

Unlike his current stint as prime minister, Prayuth will not have the benefit of a rubber stamp parliament, he will not have a dictatorial clause to push through policy and arrest dissenting voices.

The lower house will likely be hostile to his intentions and wary of his scheming. It will not be an easy path for the one-time coup leader to operate in a democratic environment.
 
 
 
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South Korea, US ink provisional defense cost-sharing pact
 
   
 
South Korea and the United States signed a provisional agreement Sunday on the sharing of costs to maintain US troops here, with South Korea raising its share by 8.2 percent. Seoul’s negotiator, Chang Won-sam, and his US counterpart, Timothy Betts, met in Seoul to ink the contract.
 
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Japan plans to send troops to Egypt
 
   
 
The government plans to send Ground Self-Defense Force members to the Sinai Peninsula in eastern Egypt to monitor a ceasefire between the Israeli and Egyptian militaries as part of the Multinational Force and Observers, multiple government sources said.
 
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China, US to talk trade in Beijing next week
 
   
 
US President Donald Trump has announced that US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will head to Beijing for trade talks on Feb 14-15, the White House said Friday morning.
 
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China opposes mercenary acts in Africa
 
   
 
China firmly opposes mercenary activities in Africa and supports tackling the issue, Ma Zhaoxu, President Xi Jinping’s special envoy, said at a United Nations Security Council high-level debate on mercenary activities in Africa on Monday.
 
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