Politics

Unconcerned Palang Pracharath leader acknowledges declining popularity

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has admitted that the popularity of the Palang Pracharath (PPRP), the core government party, has been declining, but says they are trying to fix…

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Can Move Forward survive latest wave of dissolution threats?      

The opposition Move Forward Party has been cleared of serious charges that threatened its dissolution after the Election Commission (EC) decided not to forward an accuser’s complaint to the Constitutional…

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3 Thai anti-establishment protesters being held on remand attempt suicide

Three hard core Talugas protesters, being held on remand, have tried to commit suicide, but were rescued and are now safe, Corrections Department Director-General Aryut Sinthoppan said today (Monday). He…

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Bangkok’s multi-billion-baht fire truck scandal still burning after 2 decades

A long-smoldering corruption case has reignited after the Supreme Administrative Court recently ordered the heirs of late Bangkok governor Samak Sundaravej to pay 587 million baht in compensation for his…

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Spirit of 1932 Revolution still the guiding light in Thai quest for true democracy

The overwhelming victory of Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt in the recent gubernatorial election has come as a breath of fresh air on the national political landscape, as voters are now…

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Pheu Thai party renews call for PM to scrap emergency decree

The opposition Pheu Thai party has renewed its call for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to revoke the Emergency Decree, claiming that the special law, which was imposed to contain the…

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Pro-democracy protesters confront riot police whilst marching to Government House to call for the resignation of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha in Bangkok on July 18, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Seven venues designated as protest sites by Bangkok’s administration

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has designated seven locations in the capital at which protesters can hold their rallies in an orderly manner, which will not cause public inconvenience or…

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How Chadchart’s team is lifting lid on Bangkok’s murky multibillion-baht budget

Although Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has vowed to revolutionize the city’s budgeting process, significant change is on hold as the budget plan for next year has already been prepared under…

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Multiple governments have legalized the planting and sale of cannabis for recreational use, but such action requires good preparation including mandated and widespread warnings. (Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP)

Cannabis, not COVID-19, to feature at upcoming censure

Two months ago, the coronavirus would have still been a “sexy” topic at the no-confidence debate. But the relevant numbers are going down, and economic suffering has been too related…

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Thai PM’s failure to answer an interpellation in person irks opposition MPs

Opposition MPs have voiced their frustration over the absence from the Lower House today (Thursday) of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha or any of his representatives to respond to an interpellation…

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Government and opposition Thai MPs gear up for another censure debate

Government and opposition MPs are preparing their cases for the next censure debate, tentatively scheduled for July 18th through 22nd, during which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and ten ministers will be…

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Thai parliament police officers say new uniform is a waste of money

About 60 parliament police officers submitted a petition to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai today (Wednesday), to protest against the change of their uniform, claiming that it is a waste of…

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Can new Bangkok governor tame ‘black hole’ of city investment arm?

Branded a breeding ground of corruption by newly elected Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, Krungthep Thanakom Co Ltd is set for a major transformation under his administration. Chadchart’s chosen man, Prof…

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Anti-government protests continue in Bangkok

Anti-government protesters gathered at Bangkok’s Victory Monument at around 5:15pm today (Sunday), before marching to the Din Daeng area. Crowd control police are also on the move, to maintain order…

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Paetongtarn given rousing welcome in Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket

Thailand’s “Red-shirt” followers packed the Ubon Ratchathani provincial airport this morning to welcome to Paetongtarn Shinawatra, who led key Pheu Thai party members on a campaign trip to wrestle back…

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Late PM Samak’s family ordered to pay ฿587m baht compensation to BMA

The Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the ruling of a lower court, ordering the immediate family of the late Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, his widow Khunying Surat and their two…

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Web influencers in controversial Lazada clip arrested on lèse majesté charges

Three people, who featured in a Lazada sales campaign clip posted on TikTok in May were arrested on lèse majesté charges, before being released on bail, according to Thai Lawyers for Human…

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Opposition submits motion to censure PM, 10 other ministers

Thailand’s opposition submitted a motion to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai today (Wednesday), to censure Prime Minister Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and ten of his ministers, with the debate tentatively scheduled…

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Parliament passes 1st reading of Marriage Equality Bill, paving way for same sex marriage

Thailand’s House of Representatives passed the first reading of the Move Forward party’s groundbreaking Marriage Equality Bill today (Wednesday), by 212 votes to 180 votes, with 12 abstentions and 4…

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Pheu Thai party welcomes Nattawut Saikua’s return

Former Pheu Thai MP Nattawut Saikua has returned to the party as the director of the “Pheu Thai family”, whose first assignment is to visit the north-eastern province of Si…

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Injuries reported during protests in Bangkok on Tuesday night

Some members of the media, police and protesters suffered minor injuries in clashes between police and hard core anti-government protesters at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection last night (Tuesday), following resumption…

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The new Bangkok governor is pressing ahead with “Open Bangkok Data” and various other tech innovations in hope of delivering better quality of life for the 10 million people who live in Thailand’s capital. (Photo by Markus Winkler)

From MIT to BMA: how new governor Chadchart is turning Bangkok into a ‘smart’ city

Harnessing digital technology to solve problems is one of the things that sets Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt’s administration apart from his predecessors. As a graduate of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute…

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Bangkok Governor Chadchart orders health services to prepare for violent protests

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has expressed concern over the resurgence of protests, by anti-government elements, at Din Daeng intersection since last Saturday and has assigned a deputy governor to work…

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Appeals court upholds 8-month suspended prison sentence for Pareena Kraikupt

The Thai Appeals Court upheld a lower court sentence of an eight-month suspended prison term and a 66,666 baht fine today (Tuesday), imposed on former Palang Pracharath MP for Ratchaburi…

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Deputy Bangkok governor begins tackling bribery among municipal police

Deputy Bangkok Governor Chakkaphan Phewngam has warned municipal police to refrain from demanding or accepting bribes or other ill-gotten benefits during his first meeting with municipal police chiefs and the…

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Red-shirt leader protests against US Defence Secretary’s visit, Indo-Pacific strategy

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or “Red Shirt” leader Jatuporn Prompan led a small group of Thai people who staged a rally in front of the Ministry of…

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Does Thammanat Prompao still have power to change course of Thai politics? 

Thammanat Prompao has become a party leader for the first time in his career — a crowning success for any politician. However, analysts say his recent rise to head the…

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Police seize over 20 cherry bombs at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection

Bangkok police have seized more than 20 homemade cherry bombs under the Din Daeng expressway intersection overpass and in nearby areas, believed to have been hidden there by hard core…

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‘We Love Pattaya’ candidate wins Pattaya mayoral election

Poramase Ngampiches of the “We Love Pattaya group” has won the Pattaya mayoral election, according to the unofficial results from fresh elections held yesterday (Sunday) at two polling stations, following a…

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Thai PM advises young protesters to think about their futures before breaking laws

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned anti-government protesters, especially the youths among them, not to break the law or face arrest and prosecution. Government Spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said today (Sunday),…

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New Bangkok governor taking on city’s problems with unique work style

Newly elected Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has injected new energy into the capital with his distinctive work style. In stark contrast to his predecessors, Chadchart is down-to-earth, highly active, and…

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Over 17,000 complaints about Bangkok filed via new platform in first 11 days

The new online “Traffy Fondue” platform, launched by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) under its new governor Chadchart Sittipunt, received 17,811 complaints from Bangkok residents in its first 11 days,…

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Deputy Education Minister found at fault for encroachment in national park

Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan has been found to be at fault, by Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), for land encroachment in Khao Yai National Park and has been instructed…

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Thai opposition to target ten ministers, including PM, in censure debate

The opposition parties are aiming to censure Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine of his ministers, claiming that they have solid evidence to unseat some of them with allegations of…

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Thailand’s Cannabis and Hemp Bill sails through 1st reading in Lower House

The Lower House overwhelmingly passed the first reading of the Bhumjaithai party’s Cannabis and Hemp Bill yesterday (Wednesday), which will legalise the controlled use, production, sale, import and export of…

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Historic bill to liberalise Thailand’s liquor industry passes its first reading

The opposition Move Forward party’s Progressive Liquor Bill, which seeks to break the oligopoly of corporate brewers and provide business opportunities for small-scale, community based entrepreneurs, sailed through its first…

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Former Thai commerce minister founds new political party

Former commerce minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan announced the establishment of his own party today (Wednesday), with the intention to contest the next general election. Named “Okart Thai” (Thai Opportunity), Mingkwan explained…

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Srisuwan Janya: Thailand’s master complainer a hero or villain for society?

Once highly admired for his campaigns against corruption and lack of transparency, social activist Srisuwan Janya is now facing widespread ridicule after he accused new Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt of…

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Thailand’s Civil Partnership Bill endorsed by cabinet, sent to parliament

The cabinet approved the Civil Partnership Bill today (Tuesday), which, if made law, will allow a same-sex couple to register their partnership and recognises many rights and privileges enjoyed by…

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BMA authorised to manage troubled Green Line BTS train system – Interior Minister

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has the full authority over the troubled Green Line train project, better known as the BTS system, including the controversial operating concession, fares and debts…

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Opposition to call for censure debate against PM, selected ministers in mid-June

Opposition parties will submit a motion to the House of Representatives on June 15th seeking a no-confidence debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and a number of other ministers, opposition…

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A closer look at Chadchart’s ‘dream team’ running Bangkok

For many observers, the hope surrounding Bangkok’s newly elected governor is matched by excitement over the team he has chosen to work alongside him. As Chadchart Sittipunt takes charge of…

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Thai army spends over 7 million baht to test useless GT200 bomb scanners

The opposition Move Forward party is demanding an explanation from the army over its spending of more than seven million baht to hire the National Science and Technology Development Agency…

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Pheu Thai considers action against 7 MPs who supported 2023 budget bill

The ethical and disciplinary committee of the opposition Pheu Thai party will consider how to deal with seven dissident MPs, who voted in support of the government’s budget bill forthe…

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Senior US defence officials to visit Thailand

Senior US defence officials will visit Thailand next week to strengthen ties with its ally in the Indo-Pacific. ADM John Aquilino, Indo-Pacific Commander, is reportedly scheduled to stopover in Bangkok…

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No honeymoon, only huge challenges and expectations for new Bangkok chief Chadchart

While most newly elected politicians enjoy a “honeymoon period” with the public, incoming Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt expects nothing of this kind. “There’s no time for a honeymoon,” Chadchart declared,…

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Thailand’s Lower House passes first reading of 2023 budget bill

After three days of debate and last-minute behind-the-scenes lobbying, to convince dissenting MPs from smaller parties to support the government, the 3.18 trillion baht budget bill for the 2023 fiscal…

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Thai opposition MPs slam allegedly widespread corruption in government

Opposition Pheu Thai MPs zeroed in today (Thursday), the scheduled last day of the three-day debate on the 2023 annual national budget, on alleged widespread corruption in numerous projects in…

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Bangkok Governor hopes to reduce BTS fares, meet anti-corruption watchdog

Newly elected Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said he is having a busy day today (Wednesday), a day after he assumed office, as he met with representatives of Krungthep Thanakom, a…

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Balance of power in Bangkok shifts to liberals as national poll looms

Vote tallies from the recent Bangkok Council elections show that support for the liberal camp is growing at the expense of the conservatives in the capital. If the Election Commission…

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Deeper look into City Assembly votes

The Pheu Thai Party has a strong cause for celebration. Move Forward, if it wants to celebrate as well, must do so cautiously. The Democrats still have their work cut…

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Bhumjaithai MP Samlee Raksuthee stripped of MP status by Charter Court

Thailand’s Constitutional Court revoked the parliamentary status of Bhumjaithai party-list MP Samlee Raksuthee today (Wednesday), retroactive to March 24th 2019, after finding him unqualified to contest the election in the…

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PM blames reduced education budget on fewer students due to declining birth rate

Thailand’s declining birth rate over the past several years has resulted in fewer students and a commensurate reduction in education budget, from about 330 billion baht this fiscal year to…

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Chadchart assumes office as Bangkok’s new governor

New Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt went to the Election Commission (EC) office this morning (Wednesday) to receive his certification, officially declaring him to be the 17th governor of Bangkok, following…

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Fresh elections for Pattaya mayor in two constituencies scheduled on June 12

The Election Commission’s Chon Buri office ordered fresh elections, at two polling stations in Constituencies 1 and 4, for the mayor of Pattaya yesterday (Tuesday), to be held on Sunday…

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New Bangkok governor carries huge burden of expectations and promises

Pursuing an ambitious agenda, Chadchart Sittipunt, 56, is all set to become Bangkok’s first elected governor since the 2014 coup, after receiving a record-high mandate in the May 22 election….

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Chadchart officially becomes Bangkok’s new Governor

Chadchart Sittipunt officially became the next Bangkok Governor today (Tuesday) at 3pm, after the Election Commission (EC) finally certified the results of the Bangkok gubernatorial election, which the independent candidate…

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Pheu Thai party leader Chonlanan Srikaew in Parliament last week

Opposition attacks budget bill prepared by ‘incompetent, visionless government’

The opposition wasted no time today (Tuesday), the first day of the three-day debate in the Lower House, in attacking the annual budget bill, which they describe as incorrectly proportioned and…

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Opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng

Thai Opposition not sure there are enough votes to scupper 2023 budget bill

Opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng admitted today (Tuesday) that he is not certain that opposition parties will be able to scupper the 2023 fiscal budget bill, deemed to be incorrectly…

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Thai government urged to reduce defence budget to fund welfare projects

A lecturer in economics at Thammasat University is urging the government to scale down its defence spending and increase budgets to improve the livelihoods of the poor and pensioners and…

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The Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) will finally come into force on June 1, 2022. The law aims to guarantee protection for individuals and their personal data and to impose obligations for businesses and state agencies regarding the collection, processing, use, and disclosure of personal information. (Photo by Sai Kiran Anagani)

A user’s guide to Thailand’s controversial new data protection law

Postponed twice since 2019, Thailand’s first law on personal data protection will finally come into force this Wednesday (June 1) – despite last-minute efforts by the private sector to delay…

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Formal Bangkok gubernatorial election result delayed until Tuesday

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to postpone the endorsement of the official result of the Bangkok gubernatorial election until tomorrow (Tuesday), pending an investigation into the unofficial winner Chadchart…

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The forces behind Chadchart’s history-making win in Bangkok

Given the results of opinion polls in the runup to the May 22 gubernatorial election, Chadchart Sittipunt’s victory came as no surprise. However, his landslide win — the largest in…

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Thai government called on to scrap measures restricting public gatherings, NGOs

The Campaign for Popular Democracy (CPD), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of democracy and human rights, has called on the Thai government to scrap the emergency decree and…

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Thai opposition parties vow to scupper budget bill in Lower House debate

Opposition parties are gearing up to grill the government over the 3.18 trillion baht budget bill for the 2023 fiscal year, with the aim of derailing it, scheduled to be…

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Bangkok’s governor-elect says corruption is a hard nut to crack

Bangkok Governor-elect Chadchart Sittipunt has admitted that the most difficult problem to address in Bangkok is corruption, but claimed that he is more confident that he is on the right…

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Bangkok governor-elect Chadchart unveils 2 of his new administration team

Former Deputy Bangkok Governor Chakkaphan Phewngam and deputy leader of the Kla party, Pimuk Simaroj have been invited to join the new administration of Bangkok Governor-elect Chadchart Sittipunt. Chadchart explained…

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Calls for the right to elect governors in other provinces across the country have grown amid the immense media focus on the Bangkok gubernatorial race. (Photo by Kiratikorn Naksompop Blauw)

Bangkok poll triggers national wave of demand for local democracy

The 2022 Bangkok gubernatorial election, which saw independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt win by a landslide, looks set to change Thailand’s politics in a big way. Its impacts are now being…

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Controversial luxury ‘Parliamentary club’ to be converted into office space

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has ordered all the recreational facilities in the controversial parliament club, with the exception of the gym, to be closed and converted into working space for…

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Thai monarchy reform activist Tantawan granted bail

The Criminal Court agreed on Thursday to grant monarchy reformist Tantawan Tuatulanon bail for 30 days. Tantawan is charged with lèse majesté and other offences for conducting a poll about…

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Bangkok elections a harbinger of Prayut’s downfall?

Chadchart Sittipunt’s landslide victory at last Sunday’s governor election — with more than 1.38 million votes or over 50 percent of all ballots cast — was viewed by many as…

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New luxury parliamentary club comes under fire

A new controversial, luxurious and exclusive “Parliamentary Club”, equipped with a variety of recreational and exercise facilities, is coming under fire and has prompted questions about this lavish use of…

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Chadchart, opinion polls and the perils of political prediction in Thailand

Opinion surveys of voters before elections have been a commonplace occurrence in Thailand for years, yet their findings are often a poor guide to the actual vote results. In fact,…

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Bangkok Governor-elect denies being rejected by taxi as video goes viral

A video clip showing Bangkok Governor-elect, Chadchart Sittipunt, getting out of a taxi, has gone viral on social media, as some question whether the popular politician, who has been dubbed…

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Bangkok governor-elect, 3rd placed Wiroj join force Monday to tackle floods

Bangkok presumed governor-elect Chadchart Sittipunt and 3rd placed Move Forward candidate Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn joined force in trying to tackle the persisting flood problems in the capital today (Monday), after a…

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OAG Intervention sought in new bid to get bail for monarchy reform activist

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) have sought help from the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) by asking them to instruct police to question three defence witnesses, in a renewed…

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Staggering victory that requires careful reading

Chadchart Sittipunt’s stunning landslide may have hidden scrambled messages voters in the capital delivered on Sunday in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, but arguably the real nightmare for the shaken powers-that-be…

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Protest in front of UN office against proposed Thai law to curb NGO activities

A group of people rallied in front of the United Nations Office, on Ratchadamnoen Road in Bangkok this morning (Monday), to protest against a draft law which seeks to control…

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Results of Pattaya mayor, council elections withdrawn pending probe

The unofficial results of the Pattaya mayoral and council elections yesterday (Sunday), the first such election in a decade, have been withdrawn pending an investigation into the mysterious absence of…

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Chadchart Sittipunt: ‘World’s strongest politician’ aims to lift Bangkok to global standards

Chadchart Sittipunt is on course to becoming Bangkok’s first elected governor in nine years after securing a landslide victory in Sunday’s gubernatorial election. According to the unofficial vote count, he…

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Anti-coup rally held in Khon Kaen to mark 8th anniversary of 2014 takeover

“Red-shirt” followers in the north-eastern Thai province of Khon Kaen joined various anti-coup groups in a protest march yesterday (Sunday), to oppose coups and to condemn the government of Prime…

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Chadchart set to win Bangkok gubernatorial election in landslide

With just over a million votes counted since the Bangkok local election polls closed at 5pm Sunday, Chadchart Sittipunt, an independent candidate, is looking likely to win the gubernatorial election…

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Democrat candidate wins by-election in Ratchaburi province

Democrat candidate Chaithip Kamolpanthip beat his rival from Thai Liberal party in the by-election in Constituency 3 of Ratchaburi province yesterday (Saturday). The unofficial vote count last night showed Chaithip…

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Bangkok elections reflect the tussle between two political ideologies

The Bangkok gubernatorial and council elections on Sunday are a reflection of the political conflict in Thailand, between self-proclaimed pro-democracy liberals, who include the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties,…

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Notoriously fickle Bangkok voters could deliver shock result on Sunday

Many Bangkokians say they will have a “difficult decision” to make on Sunday when they come to vote for their next governor. With information hitting them from all directions and…

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Tactical voting could win Bangkok governor election for conservatives

Although independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt topped most recent opinion polls for this Sunday’s Bangkok governor election, his four main rivals from the conservative camp remain hopeful of causing an upset….

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Monarchy reform activist’s bail application rejected for lack of pay slip

A Criminal Court yesterday (Tuesday) rejected a bail application, by the Opposition’s Move Forward Party Leader Pita Limjaroenrat, on behalf of monarchy reform activist Tantawan Tuatulanon, aka “Tawan”, because Pita’s…

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Bangkok’s Participatory budgeting can gives ordinary people a say in how public money is spent.(Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Participatory budgeting could put Bangkok’s future in hands of its residents

With Bangkok’s budget ranging between 70 billion and 80 billion baht per year, people voting for the city’s new governor this Sunday may be keen to find out which candidate…

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Chaiya Promma, an MP of the Pheu Thai party and chair of the House committee monitoring budgetary management and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Thai PM to be asked to scrap ฿25.6Bn water project in eastern region

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be asked to scrap the 25.6-billion-baht, 30-year deal between the Treasury Department and Wong Siam Construction for the supply of water to Thailand’s eastern region,…

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Former FTI chair joins Thai Sang Thai party as economic team leader

Former chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) Supant Mongkolsuthree has been appointed head of the Thai Sang Thai party’s economic team. Chairwoman of the party, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan,…

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Pichate Satirachaval: Coalition rebel plants ‘time bomb’ under Prayut’s government

As the government sails towards another censure-debate storm, coalition MP Pichate Satirachaval is creating dangerous waves in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party – just months after joining it. Pichate claims…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates Chadchart, Suchatvee get most positive traffic on social media

Former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, Democrat candidate Suchatvee Suwansawat and former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt are the three Bangkok gubernatorial candidates most mentioned on social media, according to a poll…

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A woman checks the Bangkok Follow up website, one of the tools created by King Prajadhipok Institute (KPI) to enhance voters’ involvement in the upcoming poll.

From vote-counts to matchmaking – 4 innovations boosting voter participation in Bangkok election

Excitement is rising as around 4.4 million Bangkok voters prepare to cast their ballots in the first gubernatorial election for almost 10 years. But this time, their participation in the…

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TV anchor, 3 ex-‘Yellow Shirt’ leaders face one year in prison over 2008 protests

Thai TV news anchor Anchalee Paireerak and three former leaders of the now defunct People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), better known as the “Yellow Shirt”, protest group are facing a…

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Battle for Bangkok raging online and offline as governor election looms

Battle is heating up both online and offline as Bangkok governor candidates woo voters of all generations ahead of the May 22 election. In the offline realm, candidates are jostling…

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In 1971, Phra Nakhon was merged with Thon Buri province on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to form Krungthep Maha Nakhon, now the capital’s official name. (Photo by Waranont (Joe))

5 decades of governor elections that have shaped modern Bangkok

Bangkokians choose their next governor on May 22, the latest episode in 50 years of administration that has shaped the world capital that we know today. Here, Thai PBS World reviews highlights…

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Paetongtarn makes hustings debut to help Pheu Thai Bangkok councillor candidates

Paetongtarn Shinawatra, Pheu Thai party’s advisory chief for public participation and innovation and youngest daughter of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, has embarked on her first campaign trail, to support…

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Publicity campaign launched urging Bangkok’s electorate to vote on May 22nd

With only two weeks to go before the Bangkok gubernatorial and councillor elections on Sunday May 22nd, the Election Commission is to launch a city-wide campaign tomorrow (Monday) to urge…

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Confusion reigns over expiry date of Prayut’s rule, but history hints at extension

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s worries over his remaining time in office may have evaporated following an important resolution on the Constitutional Court president’s tenure. Worawit Kangsasitiam can stay on in…

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Young candidates woo voters with fresh ideas in Bangkok council race

Although many candidates for the Bangkok Council election are familiar old faces, fresh talent has also surfaced for voters keen to see what the new generation has to offer. Nitikorn…

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