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Ms. Pannika apologizes for her inappropriate act

Future Forward party spokeswoman, Ms. Pannika “Chor” Wanich, today expressed regret and offered an apology for what she admitted was an inappropriate act in a pictorial social media post of…

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Army chief recommends listening to an old Thai song ‘Kilet Manoot’

According to an informed army source, Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong has recommended that his aides and acquaintances listen to an old Thai song called “Kilet Manoot” or (Human Defilement)…

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

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

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PM assures no cabinet seat problem in Palang Pracharat party

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said this morning (Tuesday) that the problem of cabinet seat sharing among factions within the Palang Pracharat party has been settled. Asked by reporters about the…

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Economy, charter changes, graft to test Democrat-Palang Pracharat ties

This week’s introduction of the Democrat Party’s “Avengers” team was not just a PR stunt by a reeling political camp seeking to capitalize on a big movie hype. It was…

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Mr. Arun Umaji, president of the Islamic committee in Satun province

Islamic leaders to consider asking Malaysia to crack down on human trafficking networks

Islamic leaders in Thailand’s five southern provinces are to meet to discuss the problem of human trafficking of Rohingya through Thailand to a third country, with a proposal that Malaysia…

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

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

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Northeastern MPs warn they may reconsider their role if they are ignored

Cabinet seat sharing in the Palang Pracharat party appears to be far from settled, as resentment still simmers among a group of 19 northeastern MPs who claim they have been…

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Thanathorn accused of protecting fishermen who flout IUU regulations

Future Forward party leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, has been criticized for lacking an understanding of the IUU (illegal, unreported, unregulated)  fishing regulations in his attempt to woo owners of commercial fishing…

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Thailand elected to the ECOSOC for 2020-2022 after 12 year absence

In a media statement, released on Friday (June 14th), Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that the country is among four from the Asia-Pacific group elected by the United Nations…

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

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

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Democrat party’s cabinet list completed

The Democrat party’s executive committee and MPs have reached a final agreement on its cabinet list, with a late-night shuffling of seats among the seven would-be ministers. Party spokesman Ramet…

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Cracks re-emerge in the Palang Pracharat coalition

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

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Democrat executive committee elects seven ministerial nominees

The Democrat party’s executive committee has shortlisted seven party members who are qualified to assume eight ministerial posts, allocated to the party by the Palang Pracharat party, after about three…

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Thai man and Myanmar crew paid to take 65 Rohingya to third country via Thailand

A Thai man and his five Myanmar crewmen, who have been in custody since Tuesday pending investigation for human trafficking after the recent arrival of 65 Rohingya from Bangladesh, have…

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Deep South peace talks to resume in two weeks

After completion of a 2-day visit to Thailand’s Deep South region, the Malaysian facilitator for peace talks between the Thai government and Mara Patani, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim bin Mohammad…

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Democrat party split over sharing of cabinet seats

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

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PM to be invited to join Palang Pracharat party

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

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

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

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New government urged to get tough on graft

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

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

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

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

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(Photo) Rohingya people are seen detained in a police station after a fishing boat carrying more than sixty Rohingya refugees was found beached at Rawi island, part of Tarutao national park in the province of Satun, Thailand/Reuters

PM orders probe into human trafficking links to the latest arrival of Rohingya

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed police to investigate as to whether there were any people, including government officials, responsible for bringing a group of Rohingya by boat to Rawi…

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Wissanu reveals all about the senatorial selection committee

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has finally disclosed the identities of the nine members of the senatorial selection committee, after coming under heavy pressure from the public and political parties…

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Future Forward party to censure the new government at the first opportunity

The Future Forward party will press for a censure debate against the government to demand military reform, the scrapping of conscription and the revocation of questionable concessions granted to big…

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(Photo) Rohingya woman is seen detained in a police station after a fishing boat carrying more than sixty Rohingya refugees was found beached at Rawi island, part of Tarutao national park in the province of Satun, Thailand, bordering with Malaysia, June 12, 2019./REUTERS

Thailand charges crew of stranded Rohingya boat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai authorities have charged the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 Rohingya Muslims with assisting illegal immigration after the group was found stranded on a…

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Government formation almost complete with no review of cabinet seats

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

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Charter court rejects challenge to legitimacy of the senator selection panel

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

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Prayut vows to keep Thais happy, unified and prosperous

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

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PM received the King’s Royal Command at Government House

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

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Sontirat says policies more important than cabinet seat allocations 

The Palang Pracharat party will hold talks with its coalition partners on government formation, but will attach more importance to the implementation of key policies of all the coalition parties…

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Police to probe Future Forward spokeswoman’s controversial pictorial post

Police are to look into the Facebook and Instagram pages of Future Forward spokeswoman Pannika “Chor” Wanich to find out if she posted any text messages or images which are…

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Embattled Future Forward spokeswoman gets overwhelming online support

The #Savepannika hashtag has topped Thailand’s Twitter chart today as online supporters of Future Forward party spokeswoman and party-list MP Pannika “Chor” Wanich showered her with moral support. The young…

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Democrat MP warns Palang Pracharat to keep its promise… or else

Democrat MP for Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thepthai Senpong, advised the Palang Pracharat party on Sunday to honor the promise it made to the Democrat party over…

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Palang Pracharat hits back at Bhumjaithai’s Anutin in online war of words

A war of words has erupted on social media between the Palang Pracharat party and its potential coalition partner, the Bhumjaithai party. Palang Pracharat deputy spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana posted a…

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Bhumjaithai rejects Palang Pracharat’s demand for return of Transport Ministry

Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul maintains that his party will not relinquish the ministerial portfolios for transport, public health or tourism and sports to the Palang Pracharat party. In a…

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Thanathorn confirms his party’s goal remains to change Thailand for the better

The Future Forward party aims to transform Thailand into a more livable society, where its people are not divided by hate politics, the military is democratic, with a decentralized bureaucracy…

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Thanathorn insists he was robbed of premiership by the Senate’s influence

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit restated his belief today that the Pheu Thai-led coalition parties were robbed of victory in the election of the prime minister on Wednesday because…

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(Photo) Palang Pracharat Facebook page

Palang Pracharat leader insists talks on cabinet seat sharing are not over yet

While the Democrats have repeatedly insisted that the issue of the sharing of cabinet seats has already been settled, and warned of consequences if the promises are not kept, Palang…

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Democrat’s slogan contest winner returns shield and cash prize in protest

The winner of the Democrat party’s 50th anniversary slogan contest in 1995 has returned the shield and 5,000 baht cash prize he was awarded in protest against what he described…

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(Photo) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will highlight commitments to Southeast Asia on a visit to Bangkok, an official says/AFP

Pompeo to visit Bangkok, commit to Southeast Asia: official

Washington (AFP) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will recommit the United States on a visit to Bangkok to supporting the development of Southeast Asian nations in the face of…

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Palang Pracharat warned government in trouble if cabinet seat promises not kept

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit said today he believes the Palang Pracharat party will keep its promise over cabinet seats to be allocated to the Democrats, whereas Thepthai Senpong, a…

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Thaksin gets two years in prison over 2 and 3 digit lottery project

Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was today sentenced in absentia to two years in prison, without suspension, after he was found guilty, by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for…

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Crack in coalition as Sam Mitr group demands key economic portfolios

With the dust is yet to settle over the election of General Prayut Chan-o-cha as the next prime minister, signs of division have emerged in the Palang Pracharat-led coalition as…

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Quotes of the Week

“I pledge to work under democratic principles, leading changes through the mechanism of parliament, where Thailand is a sustainable, democratic monarchy. I will restore the people’s faith in parliament. I…

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General Prayut and Thanathorn formally nominated as contenders for PM

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

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Abhisit quits as MP ahead of PM’s election

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

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Democrat party joins coalition government to end political uncertainty 

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

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

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

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Future Forward wants screening of candidate qualifications before PM election

The Future Forward party has submitted a motion to the House Speaker demanding that the House of Representatives screen the qualifications of all the prime ministerial candidates before the election…

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Democrat party decision on joining Palang Pracharat coalition expected June 4 

The Democrat party will decide, at a meeting of its executive committee and MPs on Tuesday, whether it should join the coalition led by the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party, just…

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Jurin – Democrat party’s decision over joining coalition now depends on Palang Pracharat

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit explained today that the hiccup in the talks on government formation between the Democrat and the Palang Pracharat parties stems from a Palang Pracharat internal…

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Prime Minister suggests that people read George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”

Deputy Government Spokesperson, Lieutenant General Werachon Sukondhapatipak, said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had recommended that those who are interested should read the Thai version of George Orwell’s…

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Pheu Thai says it’s never too late for pro-democracy parties to join forces

“It is never too late” according to Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai, as he made yet another plea for all pro-democracy parties to join hands in a coalition to bring…

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Democrat meeting about joining Palang Pracharat coalition called off

Talks among the Democrat party’s core members, about whether to join the Palang Pracharat-led coalition, have become bogged down over Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s insistence that he screen the list…

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EC endorses 3 new MPs

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

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Bhumjaithai party accepts Palang Pracharat’s invitation but sets conditions

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

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

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

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Police check video to find bombers after attack near Jana district rail station

Police investigators have been checking CCTV footage, captured at and behind Jana district railway station in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, for clues to the identity of suspects following an…

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Poll shows most Thais believe political division is insoluble

A slim majority of the Thai people believe that political polarization will continue after the new government is in place and the problem will not be resolved because it is…

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(Photo) A drawing by Headache Stencil posted on Sudarat’s Facebook Page late Saturday night, May 25.

Alongkorn hits back at Sudarat for accusing the Democrats of betrayal

Democrat party deputy leader Alongkorn Polaboot has hit back at Pheu Thai party election strategy chief, Sudarat Keyuraphan, after she accused the Democrat party of betraying the trust of the…

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Thai statesman General Prem dies at the age of 98

President of the Privy Council General Prem Tinsulanonda died this morning of heart failure at Phra Mongkut hospital.  He was 98 years old.   General Prem was rushed to hospital…

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Democrat advisory chief Chuan elected House speaker

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

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House first meeting marred by protests and boos

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

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Thanathorn may attend parliament opening and 1st House meeting

Embattled Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit can attend the formal opening of parliament today, presided over by His Majesty the King in the conference hall of the Ministry of…

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Sudarat warns Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties not to betray people’s trust

Pheu Thai party’s election strategy chief Sudarat Keyuraphan today warned the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties not to betray the trust of the people who voted for their pro-democracy platform, saying…

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PM Modi stuns opposition with ‘massive’ election win

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to a huge election victory on Thursday, on course to increase his majority and give his party the mandate to pursue…

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Charter court decides today if it will accept Thanathorn’s share ownership case

Thailand’s Constitutional Court is today scheduled to consider whether to accept the Election Commission’s (EC) petition for the court to rule on the qualifications of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn…

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

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

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EC accepts Thanathorn’s loan case for consideration

The Election Commission’s Office has accepted a petition, submitted by political activist Srisuwan Janya, demanding an investigation to determine whether the Future Forward party leader’s loan of 110 million baht…

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Private US museum faces legal action for Thai artifact smuggling   

The US Homeland Security Investigation Office has appointed an attorney to take legal action against a private museum in San Francisco for alleged involvement in the smuggling of several artifacts…

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Banyat says no to reported offer of House speakership

Democrat senior advisor Banyat Bantadtan has dismissed speculation that he will be nominated Speaker of the House if the Democrat party agrees to join either Pheu Thai or Palang Pracharat…

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Long march to campaign for freer access to medicinal cannabis starts tomorrow

Civic groups, campaigning for fewer restrictions on the use of cannabis and its products for medical purposes, will begin a long march from Thailand’s northern province of Phichit to Bangkok…

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Pheu Thai party gives up demand for PM post and all political pre-conditions

In a last-ditch bid to win the support of the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties to stop current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha continuing in office, the Pheu Thai party has withdrawn…

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Thanathorn’s loan to his party could violate Article 66 of the Political Party Act

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit appears to have landed himself in yet another controversy; this time it is about his admission that he provided a loan of about 110…

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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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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is showered with petals during a campaign stop.

India’s epic election ends as Modi meditates

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is showered with petals during a campaign stop Voting in India’s election, the world’s biggest ever, ends on Sunday after an acrimonious and at times…

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Much of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet has resigned or gone into virtual hiding during the campaign because of their unpopularity.

Australia’s conservative government moves into election-winning position

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Liberal-led conservative government is in position to win the national election with more than half the votes counted on Saturday, media projected, though it is unclear…

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Court seizes 897m baht from former secretary of disgraced commerce minister Boonsong 

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Public Office has ordered the seizure of about 897 million baht worth of assets held in the name of former secretary to…

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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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4 key economic and security cabinet portfolios to be held by Palang Pracharat – Prayut

Thailand’s current prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, said today that key ministries related to the economy and security, such as Defence, Interior, Finance and Transport, should be part of the Palang…

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Jurin promises Democrat decision on joining a coalition at the appropriate time

Newly-elected Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit said today that the party will have an answer to the most-asked question, about whether the party will join a coalition government or form…

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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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Thailand’s junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party’s candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party’s final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

PM promises to do “better and better” if he is reappointed

Thailand’s current Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, said today that he would do everything “better and better” if he is elected to continue as Prime Minister. For the time being,…

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PM defends the appointment of senators

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked critics to stop criticizing the alleged opaque manner in which the new senators were chosen, claiming that they had been screened and royally endorsed….

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PM warned not to interfere in Philip Morris court case

Pheu Thai party core member Chalerm Yubamrung has warned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to stay clear of the ongoing court case between the Thai public prosecutor and Philip Morris, a…

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HM the King to preside over opening of the parliament on May 24th

His Majesty the King will preside over the opening of the new parliament on May 24th, exactly two months after the general election. A Royal Decree has been issued for…

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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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Anti-junta activist Ekkachai assaulted in front of Criminal Court

Independent political activist Ekkachai Hongkangwan was, this morning, assaulted by four unidentified men in front of the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road in Bangkok. He was due to appear in…

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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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Five former PAD leaders to be freed this Friday

Former Bangkok governor Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang and four other co-leaders of the now inactive People’s Alliance for Democracy political group will be among the first of 100 prisoners to be…

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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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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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