Thailand week in review: Sri Lankan Former President to temporarily reside in Thailand, Foreign man caught illegally catching fish in Krabi’s national park, and more

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Here is a look at the top NATIONAL stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, August 8th to the 14th, with some commentary. They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

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1. Sri Lankan Former President to temporarily reside in Thailand for not more than 90 days, Thai government confirms

Sri Lankan Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was confirmed to arrive in Thailand last Thursday for a temporary stay after having to politically flee his home country in late July. Despite public disapproval and concern, Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai assured that his diplomatic passport could allow the former president to stay in the Kingdom for not more than 90 days and his entry did not cause any problems for Thailand.

Sri Lankan Former President to temporarily reside in Thailand for not more than 90 days, Thai government confirms

2. Thailand’s Lawyers Association urges Prime Minister to resign after the end of his eight-year ministry period

Last week, the Lawyers Association and several groups of political activists have begun to call for the Prime Minister’s resignation as his ministry would come to an end on August 24th, according to the country’s constitution to prevent a power monopoly in the office. They stated that Prayut would also face legal prosecution if the Prime Minister refused to step down from his position in time. The topic has captured the public attention of how the Prime Minister would respond to his ministry end. But so far, Prayut insisted on taking the matter to court and rejected calls to resign.

Thailand’s Lawyers Association urges Prime Minister to resign after end of his eight-year ministry period

3. Thai social media “outraged” over a foreign man allegedly catching fish illegally in a national park

The video, first published on the TikTok application, was wildly spread on social media as it shows the moment when a foreigner allegedly caught parrot fish in a national park area in Krabi. The clip was criticized by Thais as the parrot fish was a protected marine animal and catching all marine animals are not allowed in the national parks in any way. Later on Sunday, the foreign man caught allegedly catching fish in the video clip later posted an apology on social media, saying that he did not know that the fish was preserved as he had seen this Parrot Fish in markets. However, the authorities were still conducting an investigation and tracking the man for proper interrogation.

Thai social media “outraged” over foreign man allegedly catching fish illegally in national park

And, that is all for this week. Thank you as always for reading the Pattaya News/TPN News!

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.