Election2019

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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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Path to the future of the Democrats: Be more responsive to all sectors of the society

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How Kiat Sittheeamorn of Democrat Party sees Thailand’s political future

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Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail

YANGON (Reuters) – Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from prison on Tuesday after more than 500 days…

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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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A joint meeting of the Cabinet and members of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) today. It was the last Cabinet meeting for the 15 ministers who are resigning. — Picture from Government House

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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Charter court to decide on legitimacy of senator selection committee  

The Constitutional Court is expected to decide tomorrow whether to accept the ombudsman’s petition challenging the constitutionality of the committee tasked withselecting senators. The petition, which was submitted to the Office of the Constitutional Court on May 3rd, was in response to…

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Thai PBS’s Tham Luang documentary to shine at INPUT event

A documentary on the extraordinary cave rescue at Tham Luang in Chiang Rai that captivated people worldwide last year produced by Thai PBS will be one of the highlights at…

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One wanted militant killed in gunfight with security forces in Pattani

One militant, wanted by authorities, was shot dead by security forces in a raid on a hideout in Nong Chik district of Thailand’s southernmost province of Pattani Thursday afternoon.  …

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New government to take shape in June – Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngarm

Thailand’s post-election government is expected to be formed in June, if the Election Commission (EC) is able to announce the official results of the March 24th general election by May…

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Two dead as monster cyclone batters eastern India

Two people died Friday after Cyclone Fani slammed into eastern India, officials said, as the storm sent coconut trees flying, blew away food stands and cut off power and water….

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[Live] The Royal Coronation Ceremony on May 3, 2019.

The Royal Golden Plaque of the official title of His Majesty the King, the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s horoscope, and the Royal Seal of State are transferred from…

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Fans snatch up reservations for Disneyland Star Wars park

Reservations for Disneyland’s new Star Wars theme park filled up within two hours of going online Thursday as fans raced to be the first to experience the attraction based on…

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EC disqualifies 11 election candidates from 7 parties

The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday disqualified eleven election candidates, representing seven smaller parties, for alleged violations of the election law. According to the EC, the 11 candidates committed one…

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Malaysia frees Vietnamese woman accused in killing of North Korean leader’s half-brother

A Vietnamese woman who spent more than two years in a Malaysian prison on suspicion of killing the half-brother of North Korea’s leader was freed on Friday, a court translator…

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Charter Court to rule on constitutionality of party-list seat sharing rules

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has agreed to accept for consideration a petition, sent through the ombudsmen by former Thai Raksa Chart candidate Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, to determine whether the rule on party-list…

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780,000 evacuated in India ahead of major cyclone

Nearly 800,000 people in India’s eastern coastal districts have been evacuated ahead of the expected arrival of a major cyclone packing winds of up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per…

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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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The EC will consider three formulae in party-list seat calculation

The Election Commission’s Office will this week submit to the Election Commission (EC) 2 or 3 formulae options for the calculation of the 150 party-list seats to be allocated to…

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Future Forward party eyes role in local politics

The Future Forward party says it will open a new chapter in local politics by not just fielding candidates in local elections, but also by helping local people design policies…

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Supreme Court president urges Thai people to accept rules

Supreme Court President Cheep Chulamont wonders how Thai people can find peace if they do not accept the rules and resort to unrest. For Thai society, he said that the…

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SRT to seek Cabinet help in 25-billion-baht Hopewell compensation

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will ask the Cabinet through the Ministry of Transport next Monday to help pay the 25 billion baht breach of contract compensation to Hong…

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North Korea’s Kim says US acted in ‘bad faith’ at Hanoi talks

SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused the United States of acting in “bad faith” during his Hanoi summit with President Donald Trump, and says peace…

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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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Thanathorn may face yet another investigation

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit may face yet another probe by the Election Commission for endorsing the candidacy of one party member in the March-24 election who was later…

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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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EC expected to rule on Thanathorn’s fate on Tuesday

The Election Commission (EC) is expected to deliver a ruling tomorrow (Tuesday) on the fate of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over his alleged shareholding in a media company. EC chairman…

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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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Pheu Thai ready to form government after official poll results announced

The Pheu Thai party is ready to form a coalition government with its six allies once the Election Commission has announced the official results of the March-24 general election, said…

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People warned to avoid out-door activities due to high temperatures

Thailand’s Meteorological Department has warned people to avoid out-door activities due to the current high temperatures, which are forecast to exceed 43 degrees Celsius today in several northern provinces. They…

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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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Dissidents ask EC to probe New Economics party

A group of dissident members of the New Economics party, which is seen as a political kingmaker,   today asked the Election Commission (EC) to investigate the party to determine whether it is actually…

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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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TDRI slams junta for helping mobile operators at taxpayers’ expense

Thailand’s highly regarded economic think-tank has voiced its strong disagreement with the National Council for Peace and Order’s executive order extending the payment schedule of concession fees for the country’s three mobile phone operators, claiming the move…

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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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Rivalry is fierce, but national govt remains possible

The tight and ferocious race to seize political control, the foreseen instability of the next administration, no matter who leads it, and the need to achieve some kind of harmony…

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Rivalry is fierce, but national govt remains possible

The tight and ferocious race to seize political control, the foreseen instability of the next administration, no matter who leads it, and the need to achieve some kind of harmony…

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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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Supporters offer moral support to Thanathorn at Pathumwan police station

Several hundred supporters of the Future Forward party gathered in  front of Bangkok’s Pathumwan district police station this morning to offer moral support to party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who was there to acknowledge charges of sedition and…

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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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Drunk and reckless drivers face maximum penalties during Songkran

Drunk, reckless and speeding drivers, as well as those riding motorcycles without crash helmets, will face maximum penalties permissible by law during the Songkran festival, which starts next week, said…

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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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Defiant Thanathorn shrugs off army chief’s warning

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has hit back at Army Commander-in-Chief Apirat Kongsompong, saying he didn’t know what message the latter was trying to convey by branding him and those of similar views as“pretentious leftists” crying for change to Thailand’s…

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Small parties seek “fairness” in party-list seat allocation

Ten lesser-known and smaller parties have demanded that the military controlled National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) makes sure that the principle of every vote counting is upheld in the calculation of party-list seats to be allocated to parties…

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Election re-runs to be held at six polling units and re-count at two

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has decided to hold election re-runs at six polling units and recounts at two others due to a mismatch of figures. EC deputy secretary-general Sawaeng Boonmee…

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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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Police claim they have sufficient evidence against Thanathorn

Deputy national police chief has claimed that police have sufficient evidence to support the sedition charge filed against Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit. Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul also insisted…

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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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Suan Dusit Poll reveals most Thais doubt new government can end political divide

Most Thais believe the new government, be it led by the Palang Pracharat or Pheu Thai, will not be able to end political division or other protracted problems, according to…

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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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AOT board agrees to split airport duty-free concession

The board of the Airports of Thailand Company (AOT) has decided to split the concession to operate airport duty-free shops into two contracts – one for Suvarnabhumi and the other for Phuket, Chiang Mai and…

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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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Bhumjaithai party remains uncommitted 

Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has made clear that the party has not yet decided which of the two camps to join, the Pheu Thai-led or the Palang Pracharat-led coalitions,…

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Supreme commander cites Thaksin improprieties for removal from alumni list

Thailand’s supreme commander today clarified why the board of the alumni foundation of the Armed Forces Preparatory School removed fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from the list of outstanding…

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Chiang Mai likely to suffer haze problem until May

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai is likely to face health-threatening haze problems from PM2.5 dust particles until early May, or the arrival of the rainy season, due to uncontrolled…

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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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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at the Government House for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on March 26, 2019, two days after the country’s general election. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

PM asks media not create stress with excessive political coverage

Incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his concern over the psychological effects on people who have been closely monitoring political developments since Sunday’s election and is pleading with the…

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Thaksin removed from list of outstanding alumni

Thailand’s fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been removed from a list of outstanding alumni of the Armed Forces Preparatory School, due to his sentencing to a term of…

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Despite Pheu Thai camp’s announcement, it’s far from over

The announcement by the Pheu Thai-led alliance that it is ready to form a post-election coalition government because it has 255 House of Representatives seats is anything but a declaration…

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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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Leaders of six of the seven political parties which have formed the Pheu Thai-led alliance to set up a coalition government display a joint statement confirming their commitment to “end the power of NPCO” during a press conference this morning.

Pheu Thai unveils alliance set to form post-election coalition

Pheu Thai party, which has apparently won the most MP seats from last Sunday’s general election, has unveiled an alliance which it claims will form the next coalition government. The…

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Pheu Thai to unveil post-election coalition this morning

All eyes will be on Pheu Thai party and its allies this morning when they call a press conference to declare that they have gathered enough political support to form…

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Gen Prayut declines comments on on-going bids to form coalition

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha today refused to comment on the on-going rival efforts by two major political parties to form a post-election coalition government. “I have nothing to do…

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Palang Pracharat confident it has enough support to form government

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party is confident that it will be able to form a coalition, said Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, the party secretary-general today. He said talks with potential allies…

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EU urges speedy declaration of election results

The European Union has expressed hope that Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) will be able to declare the final election result as soon as possible and that any reported irregularities are resolved swiftly and transparently. The EU spokesman…

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Unofficially Pheu Thai leads the pack with 137 House seats

The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party has emerged as the winner of the March-24 general election, garnering 137 House seats from 350 constituencies nationwide, according to unofficial poll results announced yesterday by the Election Commission (EC).  The party did not…

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Future Forward outlines pre-conditions in joining coalition

The Future Forward party has set three pre-conditions to be agreed before the party will join the anti-junta alliance in forming a coalition government. The three pre-conditions include amending the…

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Pheu Thai claims to have enough support to form post-election coalition

Pheu Thai Party, which has apparently emerged as the winner in last Sunday’s general election, has gathered enough support from its political allies to cobble up a coalition government, its…

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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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Thai Embassy in NZ denies it was slow delivering ballots

The Thai Embassy in New Zealand has claimed that the late arrival of over 1,500 ballots cast by overseas voters was beyond its control because they were dispatched by air…

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Palang Pracharat leader ready to form coalition government

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party leader announced late last night that the party is ready to take the lead in forming a coalition government. Mr. Uttama Savanayana said that the…

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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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Bhumjaithai party remains uncommitted 

Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has made clear that the party has not yet decided which of the two camps to join, the Pheu Thai-led or the Palang Pracharat-led coalitions,…

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Official count shows tight race so far

The Pheu Thai Party and Palang Pracharat Party are going neck and neck in the official count of the Election Commission. The Palang Pracharat Party, as of 7.15 pm, is…

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Pollsters have Pheu Thai win most seats

A projection by Thai PBS in cooperation with Super Poll showed that Pheu Thai remain the election champion, winning 163 seats (153 constituency seats and 10 party list seats) this…

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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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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the prime minister candidate of Palang Pracharat Party, queues up for his turn to vote at the polling station in Soi Pradipat 5, Phayathai, this morning.

Prayut calls for unity after casting his vote

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha voted at a polling station in Phyathai area this morning and said he was glad to see active voting by Thai people and called for…

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