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Cabinet shake-up looms as COVID-19 crisis eases

After three months of almost no political activity due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Thai politicians have wasted no time getting back to “business as usual”. A fierce fight has broken…

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Health minister appoints his chief advisor to head donation probe

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul’s chief advisor, M.L. Somchai Chakrabhand, has been appointed to head a committee investigating allegations that 186 hospitals under the Ministry’s supervision have accepted donations…

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Ex-intelligence chief accuses anti-royalists of implicating revered institution in activist’s disappearance

Former director of Thailand’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Nantiwat Samart, has accused an anti-royalist movement of attempting to link the disappearance of exiled Thai activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit with Thailand’s…

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Uttama under pressure to call general assembly of Palang Pracharat

Former leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat Party,Uttama Savanayana, is under heavy pressure from rebel MPs to call a general assembly of the party to elect a new executive committee….

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Thai PM says he has not thought about cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dismissed speculation of an imminent cabinet reshuffle, saying that he has not thought about I, and asked the media to stop reporting on this…

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Probe into Defence Ministry’s plan to spy on people through phones

Political activist Srisuwan Janya will lodge a petition with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday, seeking an investigation into the conduct of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and…

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Pressure grows for independent body to scrutinise Bt1 trillion recovery spending

In an attempt to prevent corruption, pressure is mounting on the government from all sides of society to set up independent ad hoc committees to scrutinise its spending of the…

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Time for a change: Anti-racism protesters march across US

Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters rallied for racial justice Saturday in cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd, as the movement triggered by his killing…

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Over 80% of Thai public suspect ulterior motive for cabinet reshuffle – Super Poll

Over 80% of respondents to a recent opinion poll are against a cabinet reshuffle, believing that the political shakeup would fuel public suspicion that it would be intended to enable…

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General Prawit says he is not ready yet to become Palang Pracharat party leader

Breaking his long silence about speculation that he might be elected the new leader of the ruling Palang Pracharat party, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told the Thai media today…

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Palang Pracharath “coup” raises spectre of “military” rule for Thailand 

Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan looks set to become leader of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, which will hold a general assembly to elect a new executive committee by…

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Thai PM appeals for patience over further easing of lockdown measures

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has appealed to the public not to pressure the Government to hasten the fourth phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions, noting that it must…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha answers questions during an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The parliament session Wednesday is the first since Thailand enforced coronavirus restrictions, and it was considered a special session to discuss the government’s plan to fund stimulus packages for businesses and industries impacted by the pandemic.

PM says he won’t get involved in ruling Palang Pracharat internal politics

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has distanced himself from the latest internal strife within the ruling Palang Pracharat party, as 18 members of the executive committee resign en masse to…

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Chaturon casts himself a new political role

In his 34 years as a politician, Chaturon Chaisang has never been out of the spotlight. Despite being ousted by three coups, seeing his parties dissolved twice and being banned…

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Mass resignation of executive committee of ruling Palang Pracharat party

Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong have lost their posts, as party leader and secretary-general of the ruling Palang Pracharat party respectively, effective today after 18 members…

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Power struggle within Pheu Thai sign of Thaksin’s grip weakening?

On-going moves to form new political parties by key individuals within the Pheu Thai Party and its offshoot, the now-defunct Thai Raksa Chart, only prove one thing – the rifts…

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DPM Somkid reiterates the need for Thailand to borrow one trillion baht

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, told Parliament today of the need to borrow one trillion baht to cushion the economic impacts of COVID-19, because existing…

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Opposition suggests Government check money it already has before borrowing

Opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng told the Government today to check the money already in its coffers before borrowing the one trillion baht it is seeking under a decree. On…

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Trillion baht loan not needed had there not been a COVID-19 pandemic – PM

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, responded to Opposition claims today that his government has mismanaged the country’s economy, to the extent that it now must borrow 1.9 trillion baht, approximately…

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Government needs alternatives if state of emergency is lifted – DPM Wissanu

An alternative legal mechanism must be put in place, in parallel with the Communicable Disease Act, if the current state of emergency is to be lifted, otherwise there will be…

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Opposition wants special House panel to monitor spending of huge loan

Thailand’s Opposition parties will propose that the House of Representatives set up an extraordinary House committee to monitor the Government’s spending of a 1.9 trillion baht loan, which is part…

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Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha answers questions during an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The parliament session Wednesday is the first since Thailand enforced coronavirus restrictions, and it was considered a special session to discuss the government’s plan to fund stimulus packages for businesses and industries impacted by the pandemic.

Thai PM defends one trillion baht loan decree in parliament

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defended his government’s decision to issue three executive decrees, one of which is to authorize the securing of a one trillion baht loan to cushion…

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Opposition leader describes three loan decrees as a blank cheque

Thailand’s opposition leader, Sompong Amornvivat, today criticized the Government’s three public borrowing decrees, likening them to a blank cheque to spend without a proper screening mechanism. Taking the floor after…

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Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong’s future

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that Hong Kong could lose its status as a global financial center if a proposed Chinese crackdown goes ahead, and promised a “very…

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Thai state to provide 3,000 baht cash subsidy to 13 million in a “fragile group”

Citing health security, the Thai Cabinet today approved the CCSA’s proposal for an extension to the nation-wide state of emergency for another month, to the end of June. Government spokesperson…

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THAI files rehabilitation petition with Central Bankruptcy Court

Beleaguered Thai Airways International today (Tuesday) filed a bankruptcy protection petition with the Central Bankruptcy Court in Bangkok. The move followed the Finance Ministry’s sale of 3% of its shares…

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Cabinet to be asked to let Finance Ministry proceed with THAI rehabilitation

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm will propose to the Cabinet on Tuesday an amendment to its May 19th resolution, to replace the Transport Ministry with the Finance Ministry as the…

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Transport Ministry backs down over administering THAI rehabilitation plan

The Ministry of Transport has backed down over its demand to have a role in the administration of the court-sanctioned rehabilitation plan for Thai Airways International, now that the ailing…

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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

China said Sunday that relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around…

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Pheu Thai Party gears up to grill Government over 1.9 trillion baht loan

Opposition Pheu Thai Party is gearing up to grill the Government in parliament over three executive decrees, which authorize the administration to secure 1.9 trillion baht in loans to cushion…

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‘This is the end of Hong Kong’: China pushes security law after unrest

China’s parliament said it will introduce a proposal Friday for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move the US warned would “highly destabilising”…

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Balancing act for Prayut as storm over party leadership looms

A leadership battle is simmering in the core coalition Palang Pracharath Party, with its influential chief strategist General Prawit Wongsuwan being pushed by his supporters in the party to replace…

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Focus shifts from Covid-19 to political challenges facing Prayut govt

As coronavirus-related restrictions ease and people gradually resume their normal lives, Thai politics is all set to heat up again. Politicians will resume business as usual when Parliament opens for…

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Opposition wants more time to debate 1.9 trillion baht loan decrees

The Opposition has voiced objection to the duration of the three-day parliamentary debate on the Government’s three executive decrees, to seek 1.9 trillion baht in loans, claiming that they need…

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15 candidate administrators of THAI rehabilitation plan nominated by Transport Ministry

The Transport Ministry has nominated 15 candidates for administrator, of the rehabilitation plan for ailing Thai Airways International, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for consideration. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said…

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Democrat party hits back at Progressive Movement’s laser messages

Thailand’s Democrat party has accused the Progressive Movement of distorting facts about the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in Bangkok by the government of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva a decade…

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Trump says he doesn’t want to talk to Xi right now, could even cut China ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signaled a further deterioration of his relationship with China over the novel coronavirus, saying he has no interest in speaking to President Xi…

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Laser messages light up Bangkok lockdown and focus heat on military

On the surface, the projection of messages by the Progressive Movement and the Move Forward Party (Kao Klai) were simple reminders of the May 2010 crackdown and the May 1992…

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Army investigating officer who sat in parliament president’s chair inappropriately

The Thai Army’s Directorate of Intelligence (ADI) has ordered a disciplinary investigation into the conduct of an officer, seen in his own Facebook post yesterday (Wednesday) sitting in the chair…

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PM insists THAI adheres to a viable rehabilitation plan

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the only way for Thai Airways International (THAI) to survive its financial crisis is to enter and stick to an effective rehabilitation program,…

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PM calls scrambling for donations at food banks “unacceptable”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that people scrambling for donated items at food banks must stop, describing it as totally unacceptable. The Prime Minister, however, thanked donors for establishing…

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Police probe projection of political messages on 10th anniversary of end of red-shirt protests

The Royal Thai Police have been asked, by the Ministry of Defence, to investigate the use of a laser to project a political message, on several government buildings and public…

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THAI told to shape up before it gets government financial support

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that Thai Airways International should be given a last chance to shape up if the flag carrier is to get a rescue package from…

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Workers of ABS-CBN and members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines rally to show support for the broadcaster in Manila on May 5, 2020. – The Philippines’ top broadcaster ABS-CBN on May 5 was ordered off the air over a stalled operating licence renewal, drawing fresh charges that authorities were cracking down on press freedom. (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Philippine top TV broadcaster critical of Duterte ordered shut

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ telecoms body ordered the country’s leading broadcaster ABS-CBN Corp to cease operations on Tuesday, as a parliament dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte’s loyalists dragged its…

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Media urged not to be used by unscrupulous protesters seeking state handouts

Finance permanent secretary Prasong Poonthanate has criticized those engaging in sporadic and highly visible protests in an attempt to attract media attention to their efforts to get the 5,000 baht…

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Thanathorn and the politics of pandemic

Many Thai politicians have jumped on the pandemic bandwagon to offer relief for struggling members of society and subsequently boost their own popularity.   The coalition-leading Phalang Pracharat party set…

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Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his…

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Thailand’s Commerce Ministry back-peddles on joining CPTPP

Under pressure pharmaceutical and agricultural groups, the Thai Commerce Ministry has withdrawn its cabinet proposal recommending that Thailand should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Deputy…

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Pharmacy Council urges caution over Thailand joining the CPTPP

The Pharmacy Council of Thailand (PCT) has urged the Government not to rush into joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, fearing that early entry, without…

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Billionaires dip into deep pockets to fight Covid-19

As Covid-19 infections and fatalities continue to rise across the world, many billionaires are stepping up to help ease the blow for the poorest people while also fighting back against…

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Thailand’s PM assures no quid pro quo with 20 billionaires

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gave his assurance today that the Government has no intention whatsoever of begging for or borrowing money from the country’s 20 richest people, after he invited…

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PM reaches out to Thailand’s 20 richest people for help

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has appealed to Thailand’s 20 richest people for help by asking them to join the Government in steering the country through the crisis caused by…

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Thai government adds COVID-19 to national agenda

The Thai government today declared COVID-19 part of the national agenda and agreed to adjust the current fiscal budget, by increasing the Central Fund and procuring additional funding, estimated at…

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No 24-hour curfew in Thailand yet – government spokeswoman

The Government is yet to decide whether a 24-hour curfew is necessary, government spokeswoman Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat said today, as she tried to allay public fears about the extension of…

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Veteran former politician Prachuab Chaiyasan dies of cancer

Former politician and minister in several previous Thai administrations, Mr. Prachuab Chaiyasan, aka Isan Idi (Amin), died of lung cancer at Siriraj hospital this morning (Wednesday).  He was 76 years…

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Parents of AFS students to seek PM’s help to return their children to Thailand

The parents of about 200 Thai students, currently in the USA under the American Field Service (AFS) exchange program, will meet with Thailand’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister tomorrow (Monday)…

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Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with “narco-terrorism” along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said…

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Thailand’s PM orders military conscription postponed until July or August

The Thai Ministry of Defence has decided to postpone this year’s round of military conscription, scheduled to take place from April 1st to 12th, by as much as three months,…

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Opinion: “I am in charge” – what does it mean?

After weeks of fumbling for answers to deal with the worsening coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally said what many had wanted to hear: “I am in charge.” But…

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Emergency declared as government rolls out measures to help workers and businesses

The Thai government has declared a nationwide state of emergency in a stepped- up effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has so far affected 827 people and killed…

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Bangkok residents told not to travel outside the city and to at stay home

In light of the exponential surge in COVID-19 infections and the potential for increased transmission in upcountry provinces, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang today appealed to everyone, currently in Bangkok, not…

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Finance minister self-quarantines after his protection officer gets COVID-19

Thailand’s Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana has self-quarantined after he learned that one of his protection officers has been admitted to the Police Hospital for treatment for COVID-19. The minister’s secretary,…

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PM ready to close Thai borders to entry if virus situation worsens to Stage 3

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that his government is ready to close the country’s borders to all foreign arrivals, if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens to Stage 3. The…

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Covid-19: Entertainment venues to be closed for 14 days, sporting events suspended

All entertainment places in and around Bangkok, including pubs, massage parlours, nightclubs and movie houses, will be closed for two weeks as part of the government’s attempts to curb the…

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Bangkok governor signs order closing entertainment venues in the capital

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang today invoked the Infectious Diseases Act to order the closure of boxing stadia, bars, pubs, massage parlours, saunas, cinemas and fitness clubs, effective tomorrow (Wednesday) for…

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Pita, Piyabutr and Pannika acknowledge charges related to Skywalk protest

Kao Klai (Move Forward) party leader Pita Limjaroenrat, former Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul and former spokeswoman Pannika Wanich reported to Pathumwan district police today to acknowledge charges in connection…

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Pita vows Kao Klai will follow Future Forward’s ideology

Kao Klai (Move Forward) party leader Pita Limjaroenrat has vowed to continue the political will and ideology of the now-defunct Future Forward party and  “be a beacon of hope for…

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Pita leads 49 other former Future Forward MPs to the Kao Klai party

Former Future Forward rising star Pita Limjaroenrat led 49 other MPs of the now defunct party, including dissident MP Kharom Polpornklang, to apply for membership of the Kao Klai (Move…

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Back to the future: Can the reincarnation of Future Forward survive?

Their party has been dissolved and its executives banned, but that hasn’t stopped members of the now-defunct Future Forward from pursuing their dream. Thai PBS World’s Political Desk examines challenges…

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Pareena reports to police to acknowledge charges of forest encroachment

Palang Pracharat MP for Ratchaburi province, Pareena Kraikupt, reported to the Natural Resources and Environment Crime Suppression Division to acknowledge charges in connection with her alleged illegal occupation of 106.4…

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PM unperturbed by call for Democrat to pull out of coalition

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has shrugged off the calls, by some members for the Democrat party, to pull the party out of the government coalition, saying “Let them pull out.”…

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Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat in trouble over face mask controversy

Thailand’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao appears to be in the hot seat today, because a member of the core government party, Palang Pracharat, has demanded that he resigns from…

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‘Lightning rod’ Thammanat keeps fingers crossed as Cabinet shake-up looms

After surviving the recent censure debate with bruises, embattled Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao faces further controversy after his close aide was accused of colluding with a profiteer who allegedly…

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Poll shows 71.2% reject government cash giveaway scheme

71.2% of respondents, to a Super Poll opinion survey, disagree with the Government’s plan to give two 1,000 baht monthly cash handouts to low income earners, as part of the…

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55 former Future Forward MPs to join a new party this week

Fifty-five former MPs of the Future Forward party will join the Kao Klai (Leap Forward), this week. The new Kao Klai party, formerly known as the Ruam Pattana Chart Thai,…

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Students gather at a pro-democracy rally against military rule and the Constitutional Court’s ruling to dissolve the progressive opposition Future Forward Party, at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on February 24, 2020. – A stridently anti-military Thai party was dissolved on February 21 and its key members banned from politics for a decade over a $6 million loan by its billionaire founder, a withering blow to the kingdom’s pro-democracy movement. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Popular party’s disbandment sparks information war

In the third of the series on the rising campus activism, ThaiPBS World’s Political Desk examines how students are using social media as their new political weapon to vent their…

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Korn declares that his Kla party is not affiliated with any political camp

Kla (Dare) party leader Korn Chatikavanij announced today that the party is not allied with any of the current political camps, but is a party which does not reject good…

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Judiciary refutes suicidal judge’s accusation of interference in his case

The spokesman for the Thai judiciary says that the accusation of interference by a senior judge in a case handled by former Yala provincial court chief judge Kunakorn Pienchana was…

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Suicidal Yala provincial court judge dies in second attempt in Chiang Mai

The judge, who shot himself in a courtroom of the provincial court in Thailand’s southern border province of Yala in last October to protest against alleged interference by a senior…

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Economic ministers approve new stimulus package

Thailand’s economic ministers approved the Finance Ministry’s economic stimulus package today. The measures include a 1,000 baht cash handout for two consecutive months, to be wired directly into the bank…

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Thai PM shrugs off speculation of cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has brushed aside speculation about an imminent cabinet reshuffle, saying that his main focus is on coping with the COVID-19 situation and the prevention of…

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No Thai law to mandate quarantine of Thais returning from South Korea – DPM Prawit

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today that Thailand has no law that can force Thais, working illegally in South Korea, into quarantine upon their return. There has been widespread…

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Opposition to launch extra-parliamentary censure debate against Government

The six-party opposition alliance has agreed, after a joint meeting today, to launch an extra-parliamentary censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five other ministers, claiming that the last…

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Lawmakers propose special sitting of parliament to consider student protests

Government MPs and a senator have separately proposed a special parliamentary session be convened in the light of the student flash mobs occurring across the country. In a letter, addressed…

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Huhyiddin sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as prime minister on Sunday by the king, after a week of political chaos sparked by the resignation of veteran…

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Mahathir loses out in PM bid, but refuses to give up

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad lost out in a battle to become prime minister on Saturday as the king named former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin after a…

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Few twists and turns as Prayut government survives censure

The Prayut government has passed its first test of confidence with an overwhelming number of votes, but the aftermath of Thailand’s first no-confidence motion in six years has served up…

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Pheu Thai MP says vote following censure debate is illegitimate

A Pheu Thai MP has claimed that the vote, which was taken today on the censure motion, is illegitimate because the Opposition had not completed its debate, with Interior Minister…

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Malaysia uncertainty grows as palace rejects Mahathir plan

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Uncertainty grew over the political future of Malaysia and the man who has dominated it for decades on Friday as the royal palace rejected Mahathir Mohamad’s…

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Five opposition MPs vote for General Prawit after censure debate

Three Seri Ruam Thai MPs and two from the opposition Pheu Thai party have broken ranks to vote for Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, giving him more approval votes than…

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Piyabutr claims ex-Future Forward MPs duped by Pheu Thai

Former Future Forward party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has revealed what he claims to be how MPs of the defunct party were cheated of their debating time by the core opposition…

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PM Prayut, five other Cabinet members given vote of confidence

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and five of his Cabinet members easily won a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives this morning despite vicious attacks by the opposition…

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Opposition walk out of censure debate after failing to get additional time

The four-day censure debate, targeting Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and 5 of his cabinet colleagues, ended before the 7pm agreed deadline, with a mass walkout by the Opposition, which…

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PM says military to be downsized and generals reduced by half within 8 years

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told members of parliament, on the final scheduled day of the censure debate, that the Defence Ministry is determined to reform the military by downsizing the…

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COVID-19 status as dangerous infectious disease effective from Friday

Thailand’s Public Health Minister has signed an announcement designating COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease. The announcement is to be published in the Royal Gazette and it is expected to…

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PM, DPM Wissanu and Foreign Minister grilled over Philip Morris tax evasion case

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai have come under attack, on the last day of the censure debate today by Pheu Thai…

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PM concerned about campus flash mobs

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern over the proliferation of flash mobs at universities and high schools to protest against the dissolution of the Future Forward party, and the…

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Seripisut to livestream PM’s oath recital issue on his Facebook page

Defiant Seri Ruam Thai party leader, Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet, said today that he will livestream, via his Facebook page, his unfinished speech on Prime Minister Prayut’s incomplete oath recital…

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Prayut promises to order probe into cyber war charges

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday said he will order a probe into an allegation by an opposition MP that government’s security agencies are behind a network of social…

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