Bangkok court ruling forces resignation
of Chiang Mai’s popular Mayor
Mayor of Chiang Mai, Dr. Duentemduang
na Chiengmai talks to reporters last Friday after the announcement was made by
the Supreme Administrative Court in Bangkok to annul her term in office.
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Government scraps projected ban on Songkran alcohol sales
The government’s controversial and much-discussed projected nationwide ban on
the sale of alcohol during the upcoming Songkran festival was scrapped last week
due to concern about its effects on an already battered tourist industry.
The decision was announced by the National Committee for Alcohol Consumption,
along with plans for a new campaign against drink-driving, after a two hour
meeting with other concerned government agencies. During the meeting, concern
had also been expressed that a Songkran alcohol sales ban would result in
increased sales of illegal and unsafe alcoholic beverages.
Representatives from the Alcohol Watch Network were disappointed at the
decision, stating that the committee could easily have approved the ban, which
would have reduced road deaths and injuries over the holiday period.