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Future Forward refutes party dissolution speculation

The Future Forward party has dismissed widespread speculation, even among opposition MPs, that it is likely to be dissolved by the Constitutional Court over a number of cases pending with…

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10 billionaires to the poorest among Thailand’s 500 MPs

There are 10 rich MPs, who have over one billion baht in assets each, while the poorest MP has 5,064 baht in his bank account, according to reports from the…

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Pheu Thai backs down over probe of 3 MPs for welcoming PM to Surin province

The opposition Pheu Thai Party has backed down over a plan to investigate three of its MPs, for the northeastern province of Surin, for showing up to welcome Prime Minister…

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Cabinet rewards defectors and failed MP candidates with political posts

The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to reward 17 MPs, who defected from the parties they represented when elected, or had been on their party’s list, and have now joined the…

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Most Thais feel it is inappropriate to politicize on the oath issue – poll

The majority of the respondents disagree with the politicization of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s alleged incomplete oath taking, according to Super Poll. Super Poll Research Office director Noppadol Kannikar said…

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(Photo) Pheu Thai party secretary-general Anudith Nakornthap and Opposition MPs/Thai Parliament

Opposition to submit censure debate motion to House Speaker today

The seven-party parliamentary opposition will submit a motion to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai today (Friday) seeking a censure debate against the government, but without calling for a vote over Prime…

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Smaller parties, except Thai Civilized, still with the government – Thammanat

All 13 smaller parties in the coalition government, with the exception of the Thai Civilized Party, are still with the government, said Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao today (Tuesday). Thammanat,…

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Communication problem blamed for government’s parliamentary defeat

Communication problems among the ruling coalition parties are being blamed for the government’s first defeat in the lower House on Thursday, which concerned House regulation No 9 regarding the House…

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PM advised to seek Royal pardon and request a retaking of the oath

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is being advised to seek a Royal pardon, and request an opportunity to retake the oath in an audience with His Majesty the King, by Mr….

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Government gets first taste of defeat in lower House

The government suffered its first defeat in the lower House today over a parliamentary regulation that would specify the House speaker’s impartiality in the performance of his or her duty….

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PM did not apologize over oath-taking controversy – government spokeswoman

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha did not offer an apology to his cabinet colleagues over the oath-taking controversy and the media has misinterpreted the Prime Minister’s remarks about the wording, government…

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PM offers an apology to his cabinet for his oath-taking blunder

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today apologized to his cabinet colleagues for his “unintentional” omission of some wording in the oath, which his entire cabinet swore in ceremony before His Majesty…

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Future Forward’s Pannika and Palang Pracharat’s Pareena in legal tussle

The simmering war of words between two female MPs, Future Forward spokeswoman Pannika Wanich and Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt, has erupted into a legal battle, with both filing defamation…

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Ombudsman accepts for consideration PM’s oath-taking controversy

Thailand’s ombudsman has accepted for consideration a petition from Mr. Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Thai Constitution Protection Association, regarding Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s alleged incomplete recital of an oath…

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PM admits error in oath recital and is trying to resolve the problem

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has admitted, for the first time, that he did not recite the oath of office in full, as alleged by the Opposition, and is now trying…

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PM claims oath-taking issue is over

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday) that the cabinet’s swearing-in issue was over because his recital of the oath had included the full text of the oath and was…

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Opposition seek PM’s explanation over oath-taking controversy

The seven-party Opposition will submit an interpellation to the House Speaker on Wednesday, seeking an explanation from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over the cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony last month, which is…

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Government’s latest peril over alleged incomplete oath-taking

The government appears to be in the hot seat over Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s alleged failure to recite the full text of the oath of allegiance during the swearing-in ceremony…

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Pheu Thai’s former deputy agriculture minister joins Palang Pracharat party

Opposition Pheu Thai party has been dealt with yet another blow as its former MP for the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket and former deputy agriculture minister, Mr. Pornsak…

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(Photo) PM Prayut with Australian Prime Minister during G20 on June 28th, 2019/Prayut Chan-o-cha Facebook page

PM to head Thai government’s economic team

After having delegated responsibility for running the country’s economy to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak for the past five years, the Prime Minister has decided to replace Somkid and head…

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Cabinet to name its spokesperson and deputy today

The cabinet is expected to appoint Palang Pracharat party-list MP Narumon Pinyosinwat as government spokeswoman at its first meeting today (Tuesday). Palang Pracharat deputy spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana is expected to…

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Charter Court judge assures everyone of the court’s impartiality

The Constitutional Court will exercise caution and only when necessary will it hold an individual in contempt, said Constitution Court Judge Panya Udchachon today (Sunday). He added that the decision…

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Government asks for the opportunity to work before complaining

Thailand’s new government has pleaded with opposition parties and the public not to cause disturbances or protest before giving it a chance to implement the policies as outlined in parliament….

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PM asks public and parliament to have faith in his government

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the public and parliament to have faith that the government, under his leadership, will perform its duties to its best ability for the people…

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Thanathorn doubts PM and his government can lead Thailand into the future

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said Friday night that he did not believe that the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be able to guide…

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P-Move lauds Pita Limjaroenrat’s policy statement debate on Thai agricultural issues

The People’s Movement for a Just Society (P-Move) posted on its Facebook page this morning (Saturday) that the policy statement debate, delivered by Future Forward MP Pita Limjaroenrat, accurately reflects…

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Future Forward to push for scrapping of Charter section 279 and junta-appointed Senate

The Future Forward party has vowed to press ahead with its plan to collect more than 100 signatures of fellow MPs to support its motion to amend the Constitution, with…

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Government policies released, with pledge regarding charter amendments

The Office of the Secretary-General of the Cabinet has released the 66-page full text of the government’s policy statement, which includes 12 major policies and 12 emergency policies. Amending the…

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Charter Court to probe Future Forward for alleged hostility to constitutional monarchy

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has decided to accept for consideration a petition accusing the Future Forward party, its leader, secretary-general and the executive committee of engaging in activities deemed a threat…

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Thanathorn hits back at his detractors for betraying their country

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has dismissed the allegations by his detractors that his recent tour of the European Union and the United States was intended to discredit Thailand….

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King urges new cabinet to work for people’s happiness and national security

His Majesty the King offered moral support to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet ministers and urged them to perform their duties for the happiness of the people and…

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PM Prayut’s cabinet announced

Almost four months after the March 24th general election, the much-awaited cabinet of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been formally announced after the publication of the Royal Command in the…

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Bhumjaithai MP stripped of MP status and banned from politics for 5 years

Bhumjaithai party-list MP Mrs. Natee Ratchakitprakarn was today handed a one-month prison sentence, suspended for one year, and fined 4,000 baht by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of…

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PM issues final executive order to revoke about 100 NCPO orders

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as head of the junta, officially known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), issued his last executive order today, under…

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Opposition to intensify campaign for constitutional amendments

The seven-party opposition coalition has stepped its campaign to solicit public support for its attempt to amend the Constitution and to educate the people about the Constitution. Speaking at a…

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Future Forward wants Charter Court to lift Thanathorn’s suspension order 

The Future Forward party has asked the Constitutional Court to rescind its order suspending its leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, from performing his duty as an MP and that the court proceedings…

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Chuan says MPs are adults and should know how to dress appropriately

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai says he supports members of parliament, both male and female, wearing Thai silk or other garments made of Thai fabrics, but they must be appropriate to…

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Opposition rebuked for implicating Palang Pracharat leader in Krung Thai loan scandal

The Opposition has been rebuked for threatening to censure Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in the lower House if he goes ahead with the appointment of Palang Pracharat party leader Uttama…

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Sirawith “Ja New” speaks publicly for the first time since latest attack

Political activist Sirawith Seritiwat, or “Ja New”, posted on his Facebook page last night (Wednesday) to express gratitude to those who care about democracy and who are concerned about him….

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Wissanu likens new government to ship that can sink if not taken cared for

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has likened the new government, which is yet to be set up, to a large steel ship, carrying both people and cargo, which can go…

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Thanathorn says PM is the cause of Thailand’s political ills

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of being the cause of political problems in Thailand, not the politicians who are being blamed by the…

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Conflict in Palang Pracharat resolved as Sam Mitr group withdraws demands

The conflict over cabinet seat allocation in the Palang Pracharat party has been settled after the Sam Mitr faction agreed to withdraw their demand for the reinstatement of Mr. Suriya…

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EC Office claims it spent 463 million baht on election of senators

The Office of the Election Commission has clarified that it actually spent 463 million baht of the total 1.3 billion baht budget allocated for the election and selection of 250…

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PM says there is no problem in the Palang Pracharat party

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that there is no problem in the Palang Pracharat party which warrants his intervention. Asked by reporters whether he will step in to address…

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Sontirat ready to give up his energy portfolio to save Palang Pracharat party

Palang Pracharat secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong said today that he regretted the conflict in the party over cabinet seat allocation and he offered to surrender the energy portfolio to the Sam…

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PM apologizes for delay in government formation

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has offered an apology to the Thai people, saying that he felt uncomfortable with the internal problems in the Palang Pracharat party over cabinet seat sharing….

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Over 90 percent of respondents very bored with political situation – Super Poll

Over 90% of the respondents to an opinion poll have admitted that they are very bored with the current political situation and 59.9% do not want Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha…

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PM confirms no more changes to cabinet lineup

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced today that there are no more changes to the cabinet line-up required and pleaded with all parties concerned with government formation to stop bickering and…

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Resentment simmers within Palang Pracharat party over latest cabinet lineup

Trouble is brewing in the government’s core party, Palang Pracharat, as resentment has re-emerged between two internal factions after latest cabinet shuffle. A well-informed party source said that Chon Buri…

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Anti-junta activist “Ja New” attacked yet again by unidentified assailants

Well known anti-junta political activist Sirawith Seritiwat, alias Ja New, has been seriously injured after he was again attacked by four unidentified men in front in the Bang Chan area…

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Seripisut defends candidate caught in drug raid as innocent until proven guilty

Seri Ruam Thai party leader Seripisut Temiyavet has defended a party candidate who was apprehended by police under suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking, saying that the suspect is innocent…

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Charter court accepts media share cases of 32 pro-government MPs

The Constitutional Court today agreed to accept for consideration the cases of 32 pro-government MPs accused by the opposition Future Forward party of owning or holding shares in media companies…

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Opposition wants Constitutional Court to rule on PM’s qualifications

Opposition parties are challenging the qualifications of General Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister, citing his status as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) which, they claim,…

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Opposition to grill the government tomorrow in first debate in five years

In what is touted as the first no-confidence debate in five years, the opposition parties will use the House sitting tomorrow (Wednesday) to grill the incumbent government and its ministers…

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Court rejects petition questioning appointment of senator selection panel

The Supreme Administrative Court today (Tuesday) rejected a petition challenging the legitimacy of an order, by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), appointing a panel to select senators….

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Future Forward determined to end junta’s legacy

The Future Forward party has vowed to press ahead with its intention to do away with, what it deems to be, the legacy of the military junta through legislative means,…

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Chart Pattana party wonders if it will ever get a cabinet seat as promised

The pro-government Chart Pattana party, which commands three seats in the lower House, is wondering aloud whether it will be given one cabinet portfolio, as promised to the party by…

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Thailand’s 24th March election a missed opportunity says Watchdog

The Asian Networks for Free and Fair Elections (ANFREL) released its mission report yesterday (June 21st) on Thailand’s recent general election saying it was a “missed opportunity for democracy” with…

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Chuan warns MPs to be honest, to not abuse their privileges

Members of parliament have been told by House speaker Chuan Leekpai to be honest in the performance of their duty, in compliance with ethical standards. They must refrain from abusing…

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Constitutional Court reminded to use the same standard with 41 government MPs accused of holding media shares

Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has reminded the Constitutional Court to apply the same standard, used against his party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and two opposition candidates, to the 41 pro-government…

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Charter court asked to drop media share case against Palang Pracharat MPs

In its latest move over the case of 27 Palang Pracharat MPs accused of holding media shares, the party’s legal team has asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss the case…

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Palang Pracharat seeks reprieve for 27 MPs accused of holding media shares

The Palang Pracharat party’s legal advisors went to the Constitutional Court this afternoon (Thursday) to seek a reprieve from possible suspension for 27 MPs accused of media share ownership. The…

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Senate speaker says MPs have no right to examine senatorial selection process

Senate speaker Pornpetch Wikchitcholchai has rejected the seven-party opposition bloc’s demand for the House of Representatives to examine the selection process of 250 senators, on the grounds that the House…

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DPM Wissanu confirms Prayut’s government remains in full control

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam assures that the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is not a caretaker government, but a government with full power to take decisions of national…

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PM cannot attend cabinet or summit due to legal technicality – Piyabutr

Future Forward party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of violating the Constitution by chairing cabinet meetings last week and yesterday (June 18th). In his Facebook post…

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Democrats unveil their team of ‘Avengers’ to drive new economy

The Democrat party today unveiled its team of, what they call, ‘Avengers’ who will help drive the party’s ideas for a new economy. The Avengers team are all people who…

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Cabinet lists from all coalition parties now in PM’s hands

All the coalition parties, as well as the core party Palang Pracharat, have submitted their cabinet lists to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for consideration. Sources close to Palang Pracharat said…

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Cracks re-emerge in the Palang Pracharat coalition

Discontent appears to be emerging in the Palang Pracharat-led coalition as the Rak Puenpa Prathet Thai party, which commands two party-list House seats, demands a cabinet seat. Meanwhile, a group…

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Democrat party split over sharing of cabinet seats

The Democrat party is split over the sharing of eight cabinet posts allocated to them by the Palang Pracharat party. The party’s executive committee is scheduled to meet at 2pm…

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PM to be invited to join Palang Pracharat party

The Palang Pracharat party will invite Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to join the party, initially, as a party member and, eventually, to lead the party – replacing Mr. Uttama Savanayana….

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Wissanu expects new cabinet to start work after 34th ASEAN Summit

The new cabinet is expected to start functioning after the 34th ASEAN Summit, scheduled to take place in Bangkok from June 21st to 23rd, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said…

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New government urged to get tough on graft

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has called on the incoming government to get tough on corruption and to make sure that members of the coalition parties do not get…

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(Photo) Mr. Tossaphol Pengsom, who was tasked with collecting evidence from the Palang Pracharat’s 27 MPs.

Palang Pracharat prepares defence for 27 MPs accused of owning media shares

The Palang Pracharat party has appointed a party member to gather evidence from the party’s 27 MPs for use in their defence in the Constitutional Court against the accusations, from…

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Government formation almost complete with no review of cabinet seats

The formation of the new government is expected to be completed soon, without a review of the cabinet seats earlier promised by the Palang Pracharat party to its two key…

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Charter court rejects challenge to legitimacy of the senator selection panel

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has rejected the ombudsmen’s petition asking the court to rule on the legitimacy of the National Council for Peace and Order appointing a committee to select senators….

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Prayut vows to keep Thais happy, unified and prosperous

In his speech, responding to His Majesty the King’s royal command formally appointing him as prime minister at the Government’s House today (June 11), General Prayut Chan-o-cha promised to perform…

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PM received the King’s Royal Command at Government House

Thailand’s Prime Minister elect, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, received the Royal Command from His Majesty the King, formally appointing him as the next prime minister, in a ceremony to be held…

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It’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha — again!

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, who has ruled Thailand for the past five years after seizing power in a military coup 2014, has won the vote in the Parliament to return as…

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Prayut steps from solid ground to shaky one

Prayut Chan-o-cha is a man counting his own ironies, and the latest one starts today, when Parliament elected the former coup leader as prime minister overseeing Thailand’s return to a…

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Absent Prayut heavily criticized in parliament as unfit to be next PM

Thailand’s current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha came under heavy criticism in parliament, from MPs of the Pheu Thai-led alliance, as being unfit to be the next prime minister because of…

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General Prayut and Thanathorn formally nominated as contenders for PM

Current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit were formally nominated as candidates for the prime minister’s post in parliament this morning. Palang Pracharat party-list MP…

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Abhisit quits as MP ahead of PM’s election

Declaring that commitment to the people is stronger than a resolution of the party, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has quit as a member of parliament, effective today. “Of the…

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Democrat party joins coalition government to end political uncertainty 

The Democrat party has decided, by a majority vote, to join a Palang Pracharat-led coalition government in order to put an end to political uncertainty and to “switch off” the…

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Future Forward party claims being offered up to 120m baht for each vote for PM

One day ahead of the vote in parliament to elect a prime minister, the Future Forward party is claiming today that some of its MPs have been offered between 30…

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Parliament to meet on June 5th to elect a prime minister

The first joint sitting of the Senate and the House has been scheduled on Wednesday June 5th to elect Thailand’s next prime minister. The sitting will take place at the…

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Chart Thai Pattana formally invited to join Palang Pracharat coalition

The Chart Thai Pattana party will, on Friday, respond to the invitation by the Palang Pracharat to join its coalition. A formal invitation was extended to the Chart Thai Pattana…

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Abhisit cracks joke with Pheu Thai’s prime ministerial candidate

Former Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva appears to be in jovial mood, after resigning as party leader and being free from the headaches of having to deal with internal conflict…

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Bhumjaithai will follow if Democrats don’t join Palang Pracharat group

Bhumjaithai party will not join the Palang Pracharat party in forming a government if the Democrats decide to part with the pro-Prayut party, said Bhumjaithai party leader Anuthin Charnvirakul today….

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Talks on government formation proceeding – Palang Pracharat party leader

Negotiations on the formation of a coalition government involving the Palang Pracharat and Democrat parties are proceeding and the talks, so far, have not yet touched on the sharing of…

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EC endorses 3 new MPs

Thailand’s Election Commission has endorsed three new MPs, bringing the number of approved MPs to the full complement of 500, including 150 party-list and 350 constituency MPs. EC deputy secretary-general Sawaeng…

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Bhumjaithai party accepts Palang Pracharat’s invitation but sets conditions

Bhumjaithai party has accepted the Palang Pracharat party’s invitation to join their coalition, but with four pre-conditions, party leader Anutin Charnvirakul told the media today. Palang Pracharat party leader Uttama…

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Pheu Thai-led alliance vows to fight on to end junta’s pursuit for power

The Pheu Thai-led coalition of seven parties today reaffirmed their determination to stop the junta and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in their efforts to retain power. Core members of the…

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Democrat advisory chief Chuan elected House speaker

The Democrat party’s chief advisor Chuan Leekpai has been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, receiving 258 votes.  The other contender, Mr. Sompong Amornvivat of the Pheu Thai party,…

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House first meeting marred by protests and boos

The first meeting of the House of Representatives was anything but smooth and orderly as it was marred by protests and boos from several MPs, who were apparently venting their…

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HM King presides over opening of parliament

His Majesty the King today presided over the inaugural session of Parliament and urged legislators to perform their duty with responsibility and honesty. Newly-elected MPs and senators attended the brief…

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Senatorial candidate stripped of voting rights for ten years on bribery charge

Senatorial candidate for Nong Gee district of Thailand’s northeastern province of Buri Ram, Mr. Banchob Namwiset, has become the first post-election politician to be stripped of his voting rights for…

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Bhumjaithai to join a coalition but only if its “free kanja” policy is accepted

Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has made clear that his party will join the coalition that commands the majority in the House of Representatives but on the condition that the…

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Pheu Thai’s Sudarat says Democrats are “final infinity stone” to stop the junta 

Pheu Thai party’s election strategy chief Sudarat Keyuraphan is trying to woo the Democrat party to her pro-democracy coalition, describing the Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit as the savior who…

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Democrat party still split on whether the party is in government or in opposition

An informed Democrat Party source said that they are still split, with one faction led by party secretary-general Chalermchai Sri-on, which wants to join the Palang Pracharat-led group, and the…

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Future Forward party to form coalition government in seven days

Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is confident that his party will be able to garner enough support to form a coalition government within seven days, after the party got the…

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