Politics

Abhisit insists party leader who musters majority in election should be PM

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said he hopes senators would respect the wishes of the people and the decision of the House of Representatives by allowing leader of a party…

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Sam Mitr boasts of chance to beat Pheu Thai, claims 3 more ex-MPs to defect

Sam Mitr (Three Allies) group, seen as the military junta’s political arm, has claimed it has a good chance to win over the former ruling Phue Thai Party in the…

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All eyes on Prayut, and just a bit on Democrats and Pheu Thai

The new laws on elections and structures of the House of Representatives and the Senate have set the ball rolling for Thailand’s first democratic exercise at ballot boxes since the…

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EC announces 350 election constituencies with one MP for each

The Election Commission has announced that there will be 350 members of Parliament representing 350 constituencies in 77 provinces in the next election. According to the EC’s announcement published in…

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Gen Prayut and the military junta stand to benefit more from an early election.

“It is my business” is PM Prayut’s answer on his political future  

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appeared to be annoyed today when once again pressed for answer when he will make known his political future. “What do you want from me?  I…

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Race for Democrat leadership will be a contest between “brothers”  

The race for the Democrat party leadership between former Phitsanuloke MP Warong Dejkitvigrom and incumbent leader Abhisit Vejjajiva will be a competition between “brothers”  without subsequent hard feelings no matter…

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Political parties told to go step by step in prelude to election

The National Council for Peace and Order has lifted restrictions on political activities but is apparently not in a hurry to allow full-fledged election campaigning. Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern…

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Parties start planning activities after political restrictions eased 

Political parties have begun setting dates for crucial activities they are required to complete before the election that is expected to take place between next February and early May following…

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Political restrictions to be eased very soon: Dr. Wissanu

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm hinted on Thursday that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) would ease political restrictions very soon in order to allow political parties to…

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Chuan says no to taking Democrat’s helm again

Former prime minister Chuan Leekpai today squashed speculation that he might make a comeback as the leader of the Democrat Party. He said incumbent party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has been…

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US Ambassador Glyn Davies bids farewell to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan during their meeting this morning.

US ambassador sees positive political development in Thailand

Out-going US Ambassador Glyn T Davies said today that he sees a positive future for Thailand which he hopes will be a strong, independent, free and prosperous country. Speaking to…

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Countdown to elections begins with two poll-related laws published in Royal Gazette 

Countdown to the general elections has begun after two laws on elections of members of House of Representatives and selection of senators were published in the Royal Gazette today. The…

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Democrat leadership choice – a field wide open

There’s something ironic about Warong Dechgitvigrom, but his emergence as one of the candidates to challenge Abhisit Vejjajiva for the leadership of the Democrat Party is probably one of the…

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PM Prayut defends all-girls music band against criticisms

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today came to the defence of BNK48 all-girls music ban leader Cherprang Areekul against criticism from anti-junta elements that she was being used as a tool…

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Alongkorn demands “social contract” from Democrats 

Former Democrat deputy leader Alongkorn Polabutr is demanding a “social contract” from members of the party by accepting his five-point “iron” ground rules if they want him to be their…

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Junta accused of seeking to replace Democrat leader Abhisit with a “nominee”

If Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is really serious about returning to power after the next elections, support from the Democrat Party would be very crucial.  And that’s why some…

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Junta urged to give all political parties equal treatment

Pheu Thai Party’s core member Chaturon Chaisaeng has asked the National Council for Peace and Order for an equal treatment so that all political parties can go out to meet…

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Korn to lodge complaint with PM over PTT’s power production investment

Democrat party deputy leader Korn Chatikavanij plans to visit the Government House Monday morning to lodge a complaint with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan against…

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Panthongtae Shinawatra : Bigger political pawn nowadays?

Panthongtae Shinawatra was first thrusted into the political spotlight in early 2000s doing two things — one like any teenaged boy would do and the other like no other teenager…

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Poll shows Gen Prayut favourite choice for premiership

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has emerged as the most favourite choice for prime minister after the next elections in a new poll conducted by Suan Dusit Poll. The highest…

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Having served at least two coups, Meechai insists he is no military lackey

Every coup-maker of the past two decades needed his service. Seizing power doesn’t end with just toppling the incumbent governments. Coup announcements and executive orders need to be issued. And…

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Ex-MP summoned to “attitude adjustment” session — in a coffee-shop 

A former MP of the Democrat Party was today subject to a so-called “attitude adjustment” session with a team of army and police personnel for his earlier criticism of the…

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Wissanu asks politicians whether they want early or late election

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has warned politicians that the election might be postponed from next February to May if they think that the 70-day period permissible for election campaigning…

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Northern people warned of early arrival of cold and dry seasons

As several northern provinces continue to be battered with torrential rain which is expected to taper off by the end of this month, the northern meteorological centre on Wednesday issued…

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Junta members change political rules for their benefits: Democrat deputy leader

Democrat party deputy leader Ong-art Klampaibul has accused some  unnamed figures in the National Council for Peace and Order of changing political rules until they become “unnatural and abnormal” for…

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Poll shows majority of people want political restrictions to be scrapped or eased

More than 45 percent of the respondents to an opinion poll want political restrictions to be completely scrapped against about 18 percent who want them to stay. Suan Dusit Poll…

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Former “Wadah” leader Wan Nor made leader of Prachachart Party

Former Narathiwat MP and leader of the Wadah group of southern Muslim politicians Mr Wa Muhamad Noor Matha or Wan Nor was today voted leader of the newly-formed Prachachart Party…

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Government urged not to block use of social media by politicians to reach out to people

Pheu Thai acting secretary-general Phumtham Wetchayachai urged the government and the Election Commission to be more broad-minded and not to block politicians from using social media to communicate with their…

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Gen Prawit says 3 more months before political campaigning can start 

Political parties must wait another three months before they can start election campaigning or advertising in the social media, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today. He warned that political…

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Gen Prayut and the military junta stand to benefit more from an early election.

PM promises easing of political restrictions once two poll-related bills enacted

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that political restrictions would be eased to allow political parties to conduct certain political activities once the charter-mandated bill on the election of members…

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Ex-city police chief acquitted for his role in violent breakup of PAD protest in 2008

Former metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Suchart Muenkaew who ordered the use of tear gas to break up protesters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in front of the…

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Local elections likely to come after general election

The elections of local administration organizations are likely to be held after the general election of MPs which has been tentatively scheduled for early next year with the earliest date…

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NSC allays fears of unrests after political ban eased

National Security Council (NSC) Secretary General Gen Wanlop Raksanoh this morning tried to allay fears that there could political unrests after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) eases…

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Proposal to ease political restrictions is now with NCPO

A proposal to ease political restrictions in six activities is now in the hand of Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart who is concurrently the secretary-general of the National Council for…

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Uttama, Sontirat deny they are quitting to jump into politics

Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana and Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong,  who have been linked to a new political party being formed to support Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s return to power,…

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Gen Chatchai is confident Thailand to be deleted from IUU watchlist

Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya is optimistic that Thailand will be removed from the IUU (illegal, unreported, unregulated) fishery watchlist after the scheduled arrival in Thailand in late September or…

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Poll finds Somkid to be most impressive Cabinet member

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has edged Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam to be the most outstanding member of Gen Prayut Cabinet.   Mr Somkid scored 49.88 percent from 1,291…

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A three-horse race for the next election?

In just a few more weeks, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan–o–cha will make known his political future.  Many may wonder why Gen Prayut needs to wait until September to unveil…

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Thanathorn of  Future Forward Party to hear charges on Sept 17

Thanathorn Jungroongreangkit, acting leader of the Future Forward Party, and two other party executives were granted permission to postpone reporting to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police to hear…

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Future Forward Party execs summoned to hear charges

Future Forward Party’s acting leader Thanathorn Jungroongreangkit and two other  party executives have been summoned to report to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) to be charged with violating the…

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Election in February? Prayut says yes, and then perhaps 

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted today there is no justification for the general election to take place before February next year. Speaking to reporters after the mobile Cabinet meeting…

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Wissanu suggests restrictions on political activities to be eased in September

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam today reiterated the time frame set for the general elections, which is between February 24 and May 5 next year, and suggested that political restrictions…

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NCPO has final say on election day: EC secretary-general

Election Commission secretary-general Charoongwit Poomma clarified on Sunday that the earliest election day on February 24 floated by the EC chairman was just a “model” as the final say would…

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EC to cap election spending at 2 million baht for  MP candidate

The Election Commission may fix the maximum election spending for each candidate at two million baht and 20-70 million baht the spending of each party of its party list-MP candidates,…

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Election may take place Feb 24 the earliest:Election Commission chairman

Newly-appointed Election Commission chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong said on Sunday that election might be held on February 24 the soonest or in May the latest. He said that the EC was…

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Private sector to propose southern economic plan to mobile Cabinet in Chumporn

The private sector in 11 southern provinces will propose to the government during the mobile Cabinet meeting in Chumporn on August 20-21 to push for the implementation of the Southern…

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Over 90 % of voters rank candidates’ integrity as top priority in elections

Over 90 percent of first-time voters and veteran voters said in a poll that they attach top priority to the integrity and ethics of candidates in next elections. According to…

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New EC members to decide on poll inspectors 

The five new members of the Election Commission officially assumed their duty today and the first major task awaiting them is how to deal with the fate of the 616 election inspectors…

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Suthep challenges NACC to send his alleged graft case to Supreme Court

Action Coalition for Thailand (Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai) party co-founder Suthep Thuagsuban on Thursday urged the National Anti-Corruption Commission to have the corruption against him sent to the Supreme Court’s…

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5 new Election Commission members get royal approval

The appointment of the five new members of the Election Commission, whose main task is to prepare for the first post-coup general elections expected next year,  has been given a…

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Pheu Thai’s Ruangkrai opposes move to nullify appointment of election  inspectors

In a move to block what is seen by critics as an attempt to delay the general elections,  a member of the Pheu Thai Party this morning asked the Election…

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“Tree bank” to be proposed to Cabinet meet in Chumporn

The government plans to set up a “tree bank” which will function like a clearing house to collect and select quality precious tree saplings for sale at affordable prices to…

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Next mobile Cabinet meet set for Aug 21 in Chumphon

The next mobile Cabinet meeting will be held in the southern province of Chumphon on Aug 21, assistant government spokesperson Col Taksada Sangkhachan said today. Col Taksada said that Prime…

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Ex-central bank governor elected leader of Ruampalang Prachachart Thai

Former Bank of Thailand governor M.R. Chatumongol Sonakul was elected leader of Ruampalang Prachachart Thai party, a newly-formed party designed to support Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to power,…

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Prayut gets 6.40 out of 10 in latest satisfaction rating

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scored 6.40 out of 10 and his government 5.06 in a recent satisfaction rating survey conducted by Bangkok University, or Bangkok Poll. The poll was…

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“Red shirts” leader Jatuporn released from prison

Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), walked out of the Bangkok Remand Prison a free man this  morning after serving one year and 15…

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Media at odds with government spokesmen over new media restrictions

Government House reporters and photographers were at odds with the spoke persons of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha over a new set of formalities that they are to observe while covering…

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Hun Sen takes selfie with admirers

A garment worker kisses Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen  as they pose for a selfie during a visit to a garment factory in Phnom Penh today. The premier’s party says…

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Democrat Party to file defamation suit against Nakhon 

The Democrat Party has decided to take legal action against Nakhon Machim, a former Democrat MP for Phitsanulok, for allegedly accusing it of conspiring with the military and the judiciary…

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Pheu Thai’s outspoken Pichai summoned by police

Pichai Naripthaphan, a former energy minister and a member of the Pheu Thai Party’s economic team, has been summoned to report to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police tomorrow….

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Thanathorn says his party no threat to national security

Acting leader of the Future Forward (Anakot Mai) Party Thanathorn Joengrungruangkit reported to the Technology Crime Suppression Division  today to defend himself against allegation filed against him by the National Council…

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It’s up to Britain whether to extradite Yingluck: Gen Prayut

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that it’s up to British police whether they would respond to the Thai Government’s request for an extradition of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra…

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Itthiporn named new Election Commission chairman

Mr Itthiporn Boonprakong was voted chairman of the Election Commission by the four other election commissioners-designate at a meeting today. The meeting was chaired by Mr Thawatchai Thoedpaothai, the most…

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Democrat in war of words with red-shirt leader

Democrat party deputy spokesman Churith Laksanavisit hit back at red-shirt co-leader Natthawat Saikua over the latter’s accusation that the party was involved in the overthrow of Thai Rak Thai-led Thaksin…

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“I inherited a corrupt government”: Mahathir

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that he inherited a government riddled with corruption and untrustworthy officials.   “From outside we saw the damage, but we never expected the…

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Officials pledge allegiance to HM the King

Government officials this morning took part in a ceremony to pledge allegiance to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun to mark his 66th birthday on July 28. The ceremony held…

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PM orders military to tackle informal debts

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered military officers nation-wide to work with provincial authorities to help solve problems of informal debts, especially among farmers, government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd…

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Chuvit released from prison

Chuvit Kamolwisit, an outspoken television show host and former politician, was released from the Bangkok Remand Prison this morning after completing a one-month jail term handed down by the Supreme…

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NACC waiting for info on Prawit’s watches from manufacturers

The National Anti-Corruption Commission denies foot-dragging in its investigation into the luxury watches scandal involving Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, saying that information it has obtained so far is still…

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NCPO denies military role in poaching of ex-MPs

The National Council for Peace and Order has nothing to do with the alleged poaching of former MPs to join politcal parties set up to support Prime Minister Gen Prayut…

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Somkid denies political agenda for Cabinet meeting in Northeast

There is no political agenda in the mobile Cabinet meeting scheduled for July 23-24 in the northeastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said…

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NLA president says the current five EC members must quit in 15 days

The five incumbent election commissioners must quit their posts in 15 days starting from today (Thursday) when the National Legislative Assembly voted to endorse five candidates nominated by the selection…

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NLA endorses 5 new EC members

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) today voted to endorse five of the seven persons nominated to form a new Election Commission and rejected two nominees. Of the seven people nominated…

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NLA to vote on new Election Commission on July 12

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will vote on July 12 to decide whether to endorse the selection of seven new members of the Election Commission. Seven people have been  nominated…

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20-year National Strategy endorsed by the NLA

The National Legislative Assembly today unanimously approved the National Strategy which will be legally binding for 20 years until 2037 to all government agencies and public organizations.   The 20-year…

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NLA to mull pay rises for officials of independent bodies

 The National Legislative Assembly is set to debate next week five bills proposed by the government to raise the salaries of officials of the court and other independent organizations. NLA…

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Another warrant issued for Thaksin’s arrest

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions today issued a warrant for the arrest of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra after he failed to appear for the…

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