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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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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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EC seeks Charter Court ruling on Thanathorn’s alleged media share holding

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s fate now rests with the Constitutional Court, which will decide whether he is qualified to retain his parliamentary membership, following an EC probe into…

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Future Forward to take lead role in forming a government with Thanathorn as PM

Future Forward firebrand party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit announced today that his party will take the leading role in forming a coalition government and that he is ready to lead the…

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Large number of active and retired military and police officers in new Senate

The new Senate, which was officially announced today, contains a significant number of active and retired military and police officers, accounting for 40.8 percent of the of the 250 senators….

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Palang Pracharat leader thanks 11 small parties for their unconditional support

The Palang Pracharat party leader today received a letter of intent, signed by 11 smaller and lesser known parties, vowing to join the Palang Pracharat-led coalition and to support General…

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Most poll respondents oppose ministers and junta members joining the Senate

A majority of the respondents to a Suan Dusit Poll disagree with cabinet ministers and members of the military junta resigning their current positions to assume new roles in the…

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Pheu Thai cries foul over EC’s endorsement of 149 party-list MPs

Immediately after the Election Commission (EC) approved a list of 149 party-list MPs today, the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party announced that it would explore all possible legal channels to take…

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Palang Pracharat confident it can form majority coalition 

The Palang Pracharat party is confident it will be able to muster more than 250 MPs to form a majority coalition government after the Election Commission today announced the official…

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Prayut Cabinet to carry on after 15 ministers resign

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed today that at least 15 members of his Cabinet are resigning to prepare to take up seats in the military-appointed Senate and insisted that…

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Future Forward repeats demand for poll re-run in Nakhon Pathom

Refusing to accept defeat in Nakhon Pathom’s confused Constituency One election, allegedly caused by vote count flip-flopping, the Future Forward party has reiterated its demand for an election re-run to…

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Analysis: Scenarios embattled Thanathorn is facing

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s media share ownership case has been scrutinised by both supporters and sceptics alike on the social media, but the people who will truly determine his fate sit in…

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Thanathorn warns many candidates will be disqualified if the EC applies the same standard to all

Many election candidates from the other parties will be disqualified if the Election Commission (EC) applies the same standard used against his party’s candidates, said Future Forward party leader Thanathorn…

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Future Forward demands election re-run in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency One

The Future Forward party has called for an election re-run in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency One due to the flip-flopping on vote count results causing public confusion and rendering the election…

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EC proceed with its own party-list seat calculation formula  

The Election Commission (EC) will proceed and use the formula that it believes is legally correct for calculating party-list seats to be allocated to parties contesting the March 24thelection and will announce the official results, of at least 95% of the elections for both…

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Ombudsman to consider call to nullify March-24 election

The Ombudsman’s Office will tomorrow discuss a request by a former party-list candidate of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party for the March 24th election to be nullified for breach of the Constitution and the…

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Charter Court rejects EC’s request for ruling on party-list seat calculation

The Constitutional Court has rejected the Election Commission’s request for it to rule on the formula to be used to calculate the allocation of 150 party-least seats among parties contesting…

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Thanathorn submits clarification on shareholding to EC

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit today reiterated his denial that he had violated the election law by applying to run in the March-24 general election while still holding shares…

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EC dismisses 20 poll fraud cases for insufficient evidence

The Election Commission (EC) has dismissed about 20 cases of alleged election irregularities due to insufficient evidence, said EC deputy secretary-general Sawaeng Boonmee today. However, speaking at a press conference…

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Pheu Thai rejects proposal for unity government

Pheu Thai party secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai has voiced his strong objection to the recently-floated idea of a national unity government, saying that the current political situation has not yet reached…

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EC seeks Charter Court ruling on party-list seat allocation formula

Confused by the varying results from its own calculations of the allocation of 150 party-list seats in the new parliament, the Election Commission (EC) agreed at a meeting today to refer the matter to the…

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Pol Lt Gen Surachate transferred to inactive post, blacklisted pending probe

Pol Lt-Gen Surachate Hakpan, who was ousted as immigration commissioner over the weekend, has been dealt another blow today when he was transferred to an inactive post attached to the…

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Most people say current political situation affecting their mood 

About 88% of poll respondents say that the current political situation has affected their mood, whereas 11.2% say it does not make a difference. The pollster, Super Poll, conducted a field survey of…

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Medical cannabis researcher defends need to help patients

Well-known medical cannabis researcher Decha Siripat has insisted that he has a moral obligation to distribute cannabis oil to patients for treatment of some illnesses. The president of the Khao…

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“Most Democrats want to join Palang Pracharat-led coalition”

A group of Democrat party members, including several former MPs and newly-elected candidates, want the party to join a pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat coalition government, according to Democrat party deputy leader…

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A conversation with Tannia Tanwarin Sukkhapisit Thailand’s first transgender MP

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Ex-charter write insists there is only one formula to calculate party-list seats

A former constitution writer and election commissioner said today that there is only one formula for the calculation of the party-list seat allocation and that it is stipulated in the…

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Young Democrats explain what “independent opposition” means

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Analysis: Thanathorn: Phenomenon or status quo’s new threat?

It can be both. Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit can be just a fever, but the fever can last for a long time, enough to make him a sustainable…

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Piyabutr claims his anti-monarchy comments doctored

Future Forward party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has defended himself against allegations that he made comments hostile to the Thai Monarchy. In his Facebook post today, Piyabutr said that the allegation…

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Thais lay wreaths at Thai Embassy in NZ to protest Election Commission

A group of Thai voters in New Zealand laid wreaths in front of the Thai Embassy in Wellington to protest against Thailand’s Election Commission for invalidating all 1,542 early ballots…

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King strips Thaksin of all Royal decorations

His Majesty the King has issued a Royal Command recalling all Royal decorations bestowed upon fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for his services while he was still in Thailand, citing…

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EC maintains unofficial poll results on March 24 were accurate

The Election Commission (EC) said today that reporting of the unofficial election results, using the Rapid Reporting system and released on election night, were accurate although attempts to hack the…

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Students launch impeachment campaign against Election Commission

Students from nine of Thailand’s universities have launched a signature-collection campaign to demand the impeachment of the Election Commission (EC), accusing it of mishandling the March 24th general election resulting…

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Bhumjaithai will wait until May 9 to make decision on joining government

The Bhumjaithai party will wait for the official election results from the Election Commission before it makes a decision over which of the two political camps to join in forming a post-election government, according to Mr. Supachai Jaisamut, a key…

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Dust stirred up as rivals compete for control

The rival attempts by Palang Pracharat and Pheu Thai to cobble up a post-election coalition government promise to be a lengthy and messy political endeavor. Both camps in the political…

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Pheu Thai, Palang Pracharath in race to form post-election coalition

Palang Pracharath and Pheu Thai parties have launched  rival efforts to cobble up a coalition government, with each claiming mandate from the Sunday election which sees the two parties clinching…

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Election 2019 Aftermath

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Palang Pracharat appears in pole position

The Palang Pracharat Party looks set to win around 120 seats, give or take a few, in the general election, enough to help incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha retain political…

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“Choose good people” — HM the King reminds Thai people on eve of election

On the eve of one of Thailand’s most crucial general elections, His Majesty the King on Saturday night reminded the Thai people of the need to choose good people to…

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Election 2019 Final Words : Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

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Election 2019 Final Words : Anutin Charnvirakul

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Election 2019 Final Words : Sudarat Keyuraphan

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Election 2019 Final Words : Abhisit Vejjajiva

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Election 2019 Final Words : Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha

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Parties launch final election push for votes in Bangkok

After most major parties wrapped campaigning Friday night, the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party today used a convoy of campaign trucks in a last-minute bid to reach out to Bangkok’s voters. Core party members and candidates…

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Early voting ballots get police escort to 350 constituencies

Election ballots cast by both local and overseas early voters and which have already been sorted at Lak Si post office in Bangkok, are being transported in a convoy of…

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Abhisit admits “no to Prayut” stand is not yet his party’s resolution

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva made clear today that his recent announcement that he will not support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to joining pro-Thaksin parties in forming the post-election…

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EC says Gen Prayut’s nomination as PM candidate is legal

The Election Commission (EC) has ruled that the Palang Pracharat party’s nomination of General Prayut Chan-o-cha as its prime ministerial candidate is legitimate.   An EC press release today said that the commission had considered a…

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Analysis: Pheu Thai camp tones down ambitions

The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai Party was aiming for the sky until it shot itself in the foot with the dissolution of its political off-shoot Thai Raksa Chart. Now it’s trying…

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Billionaire-turned-politician Thanathorn to put assets into blind trust

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit announced today that he would place all his personal assets into a “blind trust” to set an ethical standard for political office holders in…

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Election Commission reports 86 % turnout in early voting

As many as 86.98 per cent of the 2.6 million registered early voters nation-wide turned up to cast their votes yesterday with only few minors hiccups reported in Thailand’s first general…

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Pheu Thai party’s new campaign gimmick – a “savings lottery”

Many Thais have a penchant for gambling while having no real savings. Now the Pheu Thai party is offering them a new type of lottery which combines an enticement to…

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75 percent turnout in active, trouble-free early voting

The Election Commission (EC) described today’s early voting as smooth and trouble-free, with 75% of the two million registered early voters casting ballots ahead of the general election next Sunday….

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Huge crowds turn up for early voting

Hundreds of thousands of voters across the country today turned up for early voting in Thailand’s first democratic general elections in almost eight years. Thai PBS news teams reported long…

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Gen Prem casts early vote

Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda cast his vote in early voting on a school campus in Dusit area, Bangkok, this morning. Gen Prem, 99, emerged from a van in a…

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General Prem among 900,000 to cast early votes tomorrow

Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda will be among some 900,000 early voters in Bangkok to cast their general election ballots tomorrow. About two million people registered as early voters nation-wide. The first public appearance of…

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Palang Pracharat promises 400-450 baht minimum wage to woo voters

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party has come up with a set of populist policies ahead of the general election just nine days away, including a daily national minimum wage of 400-450 baht. When unveiling the…

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Palang Pracharat promises 400-450 baht minimum wage to woo voters

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party has come up with a set of populist policies ahead of the general election just nine days away, including a daily national minimum wage of 400-450 baht. When unveiling the…

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Palang Pracharat promises 400-450 baht minimum wage to woo voters

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party has come up with a set of populist policies ahead of the general election just nine days away, including a daily national minimum wage of 400-450 baht. When unveiling the…

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Ex-TRC candidates to be probed for trying to “influence” voters

The Election Commission (EC) has ordered an investigation into the conduct of some former candidates of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party who have reportedly urged their supporters to vote…

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Fighting populism with more populism?

The lead–up to the March–24 general election sees an unprecedented clash of populist policies.  Absent in the debate, however, are convincing ideas as to how they would be financed.   …

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Abhisit says no to Prayut’s return as post-election prime minister

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva made it clear today that he will definitely not support Prayut Chan-o-cha as the post-election prime minister. In a short video clip, uploaded on social media today, Abhisit explained…

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