Thai PM to dissolve parliament in September
THAILAND’s Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, has announced that he is ready to dissolve parliament in September, paving the way for elections in and effort to end the political crisis. Vejjajiva outlined a five-point national reconciliation plan to end the crisis, including holding early elections on November 14. The set election date comes about a year before the end of his term and was offered on condition that all parties accept it and drop demands of an immediate poll. Vejjajiva further said that the ‘Red Shirt’ protestors should stop all protest or he would not dissolve the parliament. Although the announcement was welcomed by many, some anti-government protestors demanded more talks before agreeing to end protests. Media are reporting that several thousands of protestors remained in Bangkok saying that they still have problems.
Philippines Warning level: Exercise a high degree of caution
Update to the risk of election related violence. The Philippines will hold national elections on May 10, 2010 and the Presidential Inauguration will take place on June 30, 2010. The security situation remains uncertain and there is a risk of election related violence throughout the country. Canadians should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times and avoid any protests, demonstrations and large gatherings, as the situation could deteriorate rapidly. Political parties’ headquarters and political rallies should also be avoided, as they could be the target of attacks.
Fuel surcharges take to the seas again
CUNARD line and P & O Cruises have decided to reintroduce fuel surcharges. A fuel surcharge of US$3.85 will be charged per person per day or a maximum of US$154 per person per voyage. Children will also not escape this fee as the two brands will apply the supplement onto any third and fourth berth passengers as well as children’s fare bookings.
Fuel surcharges were removed in 2008 when oil prices stabilised. The decision to reintroduce these charges was made by the cruise company itself and it is not yet known if other cruise lines will do the same.