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Move Forward party leader slams government for its significant failures

Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat accused the government, during the final day of the censure debate today (Friday), of complete failure in three strategic areas intended to drive Thailand…

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Move Forward MP urges government to free political detainees

Move Forward MP Bencha Saengchan called on the government today (Friday) to release all political detainees and prisoners held captive since 2014, claiming that they were persecuted by the state…

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A joint investigation by Thai human rights group iLaw, Southeast Asian internet watchdog Digital Reach, and Canadian cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab uncovered the use of Pegasus spyware on at least 30 government critics between October 2020 to November 2021.(Photo by Daniel Gzz)

Pegasus spyware scandal returns to haunt Thai govt

Allegations that Thai authorities used surveillance spyware on government critics returned to haunt those in power just a day before the no-confidence debate started on Tuesday. It was reported that…

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY “Thailand-south-unrest-rights-Britain,FOCUS’ by Aidan Jones This picture taken on March 2, 2010 shows a Thai soldier using a GT200 detector as he patrols the streets of Yala, in Thailand’s restive south. Human rights activists say more than 400 people have been locked up — some for up to two years — on the basis of spurious evidence gleaned by the device, which is at the centre of a British fraud probe and that experts say is useless. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / AFP

PM says legal action already taken against local supplier of fake bomb detectors

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the Opposition today that the Ministry of Defence has already taken legal action against the local suppliers of the bogus bomb detectors, known as…

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PM spars with Move Forward MP during censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha engaged in an animated verbal exchange, during the censure debate this morning (Thursday), with Move Forward MP Amarat Chokepamitkul, accusing the party of involvement in anti-Monarchy…

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PM Prayut admits to being sole coup-maker, as Deputy Prawit defends himself in censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has admitted to being the individual behind the May 2014 coup in Thailand, as he raised his hand, quite proudly, when referred to by his Deputy…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attends a no-confidence debate at the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Beauty and travesty of censure

Here’s a simple question: Who was the last Cabinet member to be ousted in a no-confidence vote? The answer is “Don’t torture your brain” because everyone has survived no-confidence voting…

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DES minister accused of having been unfaithful to his wife during censure debate

Pheu Thai MP Chanok Chanthathong took a swipe at Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn during the second day of the censure debate today (Wednesday), accusing him of being…

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Transport Ministry’s MR-Map mega project targeted in censure debate

The Thai Transport Ministry’s mega project to build a high-speed, dual-track railroad system and motorways at a total cost of 5.7 trillion baht was targeted by the Opposition during the…

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Thai PM hits back at Opposition leader’s allegations in censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha took a swipe at exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, without naming names, in his response to attacks on him by Opposition and Pheu Thai party…

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Opposition chief whip promises PM will be badly bruised in censure debate

Opposition chief whip Sutin Klungsang has ridiculed today (Tuesday) the pro-government poster for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the ten ministers targeted for censure debate, the last one for this…

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A chronicle of no-confidence debates against Prayut’s govt

This week’s censure debate — the fourth and final under the current House of Representatives’ four-year term — is unlikely to bring down the government of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. However,…

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Coalition party votes checked ahead of last censure debate on current Prayut govt

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a meeting with leaders of the coalition parties this afternoon (Monday) to confirm their votes at the end of the censure debate, the last…

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Shot down by junta, should Bangkok district councils be resurrected?

The first Bangkok governor and council elections since the 2014 coup restored some control over city rule to its residents earlier this year. However, the capital is still missing its…

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Can Thammanat deliver death blow to teetering govt in censure debate?

“Anything can happen in Thai politics” was Thai Economic Party leader Thammanat Prompow’s reply when asked about the possibility of allying with the opposition Pheu Thai Party after the next…

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100 or 500: How seat calculation method could decide Thai election winner

Thaksin Shinawatra’s recent boast that his proxy party Pheu Thai could win by a landslide at the next general election, expected early next year, seems to have scared leaders in…

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Two protest leaders get suspended jails term, fines for defying Emergency law

Two of Thailand’s anti-establishment protest leaders, Parit Chiwarak, aka “Penguin”, and Jutatip Sirikhan, aka “Ua”, were sentenced to two-months in jail, suspended for 2 years, and fined 10,000 baht each…

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Thai Economic party withdraws from government coalition

The Thai Economic party has decided to leave the government to send a clear message to the public that the party is no longer allied with the administration of Prime…

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Thai Liberal party candidate wins Lampang’s Constituency 4 by-election

Thai Liberal party candidate, Detthawee Srivichai, has won the by-election in Lampang province’s Constituency 4, beating his rival from the Thai Economic party, Wattana Sitthiwang, according unofficial poll results released…

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Sereepisuth alleges vote buying in Lampang’s Constituency 4 by-election

Thai Liberal party leader Sereepisuth Temeeyaves claimed today (Saturday) that he has evidence of vote buying by a candidate in the by-election in Constituency 4 of Lampang province, with voting…

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Suranand Vejjajiva describes him as a “politician turned café owner”, as he is now the chairman and CEO of Brainwake Café. He also became a political analyst, writing opinion articles and providing commentaries on TV and YouTube. (Photo courtesy of Suranand Vejjajiva Facebook page)

Suranand Vejjajiva: Shinawatra stalwart switches to ‘team Somkid’

Suranand Vejjajiva vowed to stay out of politics for good after the government of Yingluck Shinawatra – in which he served as secretary-general to the prime minister – was overthrown…

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Pheu Thai to seek charter court ruling on party-list seat calculation method

The opposition Pheu Thai party announced today (Thursday) that it will seek a ruling from the Constitutional Court over parliament’s resolution Wednesday night, opting for a change in the method…

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Three stressed protesters held on remand in Thailand self-harm again

Three anti-establishment protesters being held on remand have harmed themselves again, this time using wire mesh from windows to slash their hands and arms, apparently out of frustration and stress…

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Thai opposition happy with 45 hours for their censure debate

The government and the opposition have reached an agreement that the censure debate will last four days, from July 19th to 22nd, with voting to take place on July 23rd,…

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Thai parliament opts for different numbers for constituency and party ballots

Wednesday’s joint session of parliament rejected, by 341:150 votes with five abstentions, the proposal of the minority faction of House scrutiny committee for constituency and party ballots to be assigned…

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Former Democrat MP jailed for 2 years for electoral fraud

The Supreme Court has upheld the two-year prison sentence, imposed by two lower courts, on former Democrat MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thepthai Senpong, after finding him guilty of…

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Teething problems or construction flaws? Questions over leaky new Thai Parliament

Thailand’s 12-billion-baht Parliament complex opened in May last year after eight years of construction – yet it is still drawing complaints of defects and quality issues. Since its inception in…

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Thailand’s opposition warned against debating Myanmar warplane incursion

Government chief whip Nirote Sunthornlekha has warned the opposition that the plan by some of its MPs to question the government over last week’s incursion by a Myanmar MiG-29 jet…

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Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt beams as he poses with his team, including his communications director Prab Laoharojanaphan (far left).

The social-media wizardry behind Bangkok Governor Chadchart’s popularity

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has built a huge following on social media, reaching millions of netizens who read, watch, like and comment on his regular posts and content. The credit…

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Bridge in Bangkok has its name mysteriously changed

Bangkok’s Dusit district office has ordered an investigation to find out who arbitrarily changed the name of the Pibulsongkram Bridge at Kiak Kai intersection, near the parliament building, to “Tharab…

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PM says incursion of Myanmar jet into Thai airspace not a big deal

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Friday) that the incursion into Thai airspace of a Myanmar MiG-29 jet, which flew over Tak province yesterday, is not a big deal, noting…

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House anti-corruption committee to investigate alleged nepotism by senators

Chief of Thailand’s Parliamentary Committee on Corruption Prevention and Suppression, Pol Gen Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, received a complaint on Thursday seeking an investigation of members of the Senate and their appointment…

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Bangkok’s new designated rally sites please protesters – but not everyone’s happy

For the first time in the city’s history, Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt has designated locations for public gatherings, bringing joy to political activists planning protests but causing concern among many…

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Protests greet PM in Chiang Mai, over 2,000 police provide protection

More than 2,000 police were deployed to provide protection for Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha when he visited Chiang Mai province today (Wednesday), but the sheer force of both uniform…

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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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Three 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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Centre, Poramase Ngampiches

‘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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