Politics

10 Pheu Thai ex-MPs join Thai Raksachart in a “friendly” mass defection

Pheu Thai party core member Chaturon Chaisang led about ten former Pheu Thai MPs in a “friendly” mass defection from their well-established party to join its offshoot party, Thai Raksachart…

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Poll shows almost half feel they are not better off after 4 years under junta

Almost half of the respondents to an opinion poll admitted that the Prayut government’s “Return the Happiness to the People” policy has not made them happier as there have not…

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Somsak, Suriya lead 60 members of Sam Mitr group to join Palang Pracharat

An army of 60 members of the Sam Mitr group led by two former ministers, Somsak Thepsuthin and Suriya Jungroongruangkit, flocked to the pro-government Palang Pracharat party at the Shangri-La…

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Junta slammed for alleged interference with EC’s constituencies re-mapping

Both the Democrat and Pheu Thai parties have come out to slam the National Council for Peace and Order for what they see as its interference in the work of…

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Government spokesman insists NCPO’s order will not delay election

The fresh order by the National Council for Peace and Order to give more time for the Election Commission to demarcate constituency boundaries will not delay the election tentatively scheduled…

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Royal Decree for selection of 200 senators announced

A Royal Decree for the selection of 200 senators has come into effect after its publication in the Royal Gazette today. The senators will be selected in accordance with the…

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Abhisit objects to attempt to delay election by small parties

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva today raised strong objection to an attempt by a group of newly-emerged political parties to petition the Election Commission to postpone the election tentatively scheduled…

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Democrat Party unveils “New Dems” — its own version of young politicians

Not to be left out by other parties, the Democrat Party today unveiled a group of 21 young members, collectively known as the “New Dems”, who are touted as new…

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The pros and cons of Pheu Thai’s “satellite” strategy

On the one hand, it is brilliant for Pheu Thai to “branch out” in a bid to get more House of Representatives seats under the new electoral rules.  “Associates” of…

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Anti-graft body launches fresh probe into scandalous rice deals

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has launched a fresh investigation into rice deals committed under the government of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra which were suspected to be plagued with corruption….

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NACC ponders more time for university council members to declare assets

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is not empowered to exclude any senior officials from the requirement to declare their assets, but it may consider extending the period for declaration probably…

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EC secretary general confident election to be held on Feb 24

The Election Commission is fully prepared to hold the upcoming election on February 24 next year and will be able to complete the registration of 12 remaining parties in time for…

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Palang Pracharat party opens for membership applications

The pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party will begin accepting applications for membership at its  head office in Ratchavipha area on Tuesday. Party secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong, who is also commerce minister, said several…

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EU delegation to Thailand issues clarification on poll observers

The European Union on Sunday offered a clarification over a media report that it has asked to send an army of observers to monitor the upcoming general election expected in…

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Sudarat shrugs off desertions of Pheu Thai Party’s members 

Chief election strategist of Pheu Thai Party Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan on Saturday shrugged off speculation that several of her key party members are on the verge of deserting the former…

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Abhisit wins primary election as Democrat leader

As widely expected, Abhisit Vejjajiva was voted leader of the Democrat Party in a primary election that ended on Friday. Chumpol Kanchana, chairman of the primary election committee, told a…

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Thanathorn blames Constitution for the creation of Thai Raksa Chart party

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit has blamed the Constitution for the creation of the Thai Raksa Chart (Thai Nation Protection) party, which is widely seen as an offshoot of…

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Suthep warns not to under-estimate Thaksin’s party branching out tactic

Palang Prachachart Thai (ACT) party founder Suthep Thuagsuban has warned against under-estimating fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s tactic of branching out the Pheu Thai into several new parties to…

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EC to consult Foreign Ministry on EU request to monitor February election 

The Election Commission will have to consult relevant agencies, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before it can decide whether or not to allow the European Union to send observers…

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EU proposes to send an army of observers to February election

Only a day after Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai declared that Thailand didn’t need foreign  observers for the upcoming general election, the Election Commission yesterday revealed that the European Union has proposed…

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Thai Raksa Chart party has a “Young Blood” as its leader

A former Khon Kaen MP, Preechaphol Pongpanich,  was today  voted leader of Thai Raksa Chart (Thai Nation Protection) party, an off-shoot of Pheu Thai party. Others appointed to key positions…

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Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee newly elected to the US House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, celebrates with her supporters after her Congressional 5th District primary victory in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 6. US voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise.

How a Democratic U.S. House could alter foreign policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump’s…

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Somsak bids farewell to Chart Thai Pattana party

After 32 years of ups and downs in politics, former deputy leader of Chart Thai Pattana party Somsak Prissanananthakul has turned his back on politics by quitting the party which…

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Sam Mitr group to join Palang Pracharat Party on Nov 18

Former MP and a core leader of the Sam Mitr (Three Friends) group Somsak Thepsuthin announced on Tuesday that he and other members of the group will join the pro-junta…

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Police seize dozens of Thaksin-Yingluck calendars in Ubon Ratchathani

A combined force of police, military personnel and local administration officials on Tuesday seized dozens of New Year’s calendars depicting former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra from a house…

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Pheu Thai won’t join political discussions if invited by NCPO

The Pheu Thai Party will opt out of discussions on lifting of political restrictions between political parties and the Election Commission if the invitation comes from the National Council for…

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PM praises young whistle-blower who exposed cheats in fund for destitute people

Prime Miniser Prayut Chan-o-cha has congratulated Ms Panida “Nong Bam” Yotpanya after she was admitted as a staff of the Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, according to government…

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Law change empowers court to hold hearings with defendants in absentia

Court trial of criminal offences and verdict reading in the future can be done even without the presence of the defendants under amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code overwhelmingly endorsed…

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PM pleads for no confusions or unrest during run-up to election

With the election approaching, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday pleaded with all parties concerned to refrain from provoking unrest, causing public confusion or sowing seeds of conflict. In his…

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PM supports registering pet dogs and cats but wants fee to be affordable

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has voiced support for the idea of having pet dogs and cats registered and attached with micro chips but wants the registration fee to be cheap….

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FM Don cleared of constitutional violation by Constitutional Court

Don Pramudwinai’s post as the foreign minister is intact after the Constitutional Court on Wednesday found him not guilty of violating a provision of the charter regarding his wife’s shareholding…

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PM hints at meeting with parties on easing of political restrictions in November or December

The government is expected to hold discussions with political parties on further easing of political restrictions in late November or early December, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday. He…

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Phayao’s famous palmist predicts Gen Prayut will remain prime minister for long time

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was all smiles on Monday during a visit to the northern province of Phayao when a famous palmist told him that he would remain as the…

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Junta spokesman defends the need for troops to observe political activities

The spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has come out to defend the deployment of military personnel to observe political activities by parties and individual politicians…

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Pol Lt-Gen Viroj Pao-in voted Pheu Thai party leader

Acting Pheu Thai party leader Pol Lt-Gen Viroj Pao-in was confirmed as the leader of the party at its general assembly today. The general assembly also voted veteran politician and…

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After debate, Democrat members will decide on their next leader

Whatever the outcome of its ongoing leadership race, the Democrat Party can at least claim to have set a political precedent.  The three candidates joined in a debate yesterday as…

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Mugshots of bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc are reflected on a portrait of US President Donald Trump prior to a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington DC on Friday.

Florida man charged in connection with 14 bombs sent to Trump critics

PLANTATION, Fla. (Reuters) – The man suspected of mailing at least 14 pipe bombs to some of US President Donald Trump’s leading critics was arrested on Friday in Florida on…

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In fight for Democrat leadership, Warong vows to introduce “welfare democracy”

Warong Dechgitvigrom, a candidate in  the Democrat Party’s leadership race, said if he becomes the party leader, he will replace the party’s liberal democracy ideology with a new concept of…

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New York City Police arrive outside the Time Warner Building October 24 after an explosive device was was delivered to CNN’s New York bureau.

Bombs sent to Trump critics Biden, De Niro as US manhunt intensifies

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The two bombs sent to former Vice President Joe Biden and a third to actor Robert De Niro on Thursday were similar to the devices intended…

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Government to mobilize resources for a new war on drugs

The government has decided to declare war on narcotic drugs across the country with an expectation of positive result in three months. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan on Thursday called…

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Mahathir calls on Gen Prem for reunion of “old friends” 

It was a reunion of “old friends” in almost 30 years when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made a courtesy call on Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda at the…

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Pre-university tests will have to be postponed, not election: Gen Prawit

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon said today the upcoming general election scheduled for Feb 24 next year cannot not be postponed, but the national pre-university tests for students will…

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Prime Minister Prayut appoints new government spokesman

Prime Minister’s Deputy Secretary-General Puttipong Punnakan has been appointed the new government spokesman, replacing Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Wednesday that the appointment of the new government…

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad arrives at the Royal Thai Air Force’s airbase and is greeted by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak. — Photo from Government House website

Prime Minister Mahathir arrives for talks with Gen Prayut

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia arrived in Bangkok this afternoon for a two-visit during which he will discuss with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on ways to reactivate the…

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Gen Prayut, Mahathir to discuss South peace talks

How Malaysia will help Thailand revive the peace talks in the trouble-plagued south will top the agenda of the meeting between Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Malaysian counterpart…

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Probe into Thaksin’s alleged influence over Pheu Thai underway

The Election Commission (EC) is investigating what is seen by many as attempts by ousted prime minster Thaksin Shinawatra to exert influence over Pheu Thai Party, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma…

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Introducing Prayut’s “Queen” in cut-throat power play

As former coup leader Gen Sunthorn Kongsompong’s son, new Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong can never say what many people think regarding toppling a government by military force. The real…

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Thaksin will have to run for the rest of his life: Gen Prawit

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will have to be a fugitive for his entire life because the statute of limitations of all the legal cases pending against him in court…

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Gen Prawit given thumbs-up for efforts to solve non-formal debts

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan scored 9.8 out of a total of 10 in an opinion poll conducted by Suan Dusit Poll on public satisfaction toward the…

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Thaksin to give lecture on Thailand’s politics at Stockholm University

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to give a lecture on the upcoming general elections and the future of Thai politics at the Stockholm University, Sweden,  early next month….

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Hun Sen says no more talks with Sam Rainsy

Prime Minister Hun Sen has renewed his vow not to negotiate with former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and reiterated that he would only hold direct talks with the international community…

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Ms Kanchana Silpa-archa tipped to be Chart Thai Pattana’s leader

Ms Kanchana Silpa-archa, a former deputy education minister and the only daughter of  the late former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa, is expected to be voted the new leader of Chart…

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Parties step up membership recruitment campaign

While formal electioneering remains banned, several political parties have stepped up their membership recruitment campaigns which indirectly allow them to meet with their constituents and to introduce their parties. They…

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PM’s social media engagement seen as politically motivated: Suan Dusit Poll

Most people interviewed in a public opinion survey by Suan Dusit Poll of Suan Dusit Rajabhat University believe Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s launch of a webpage and social media accounts…

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Red-shirt leader Jatuporn asked to not pressure 4 ministers of Palang Pracharat party to quit

The Sam Mitr political group has asked red-shirt movement leader Jatuporn Promphan to stop pressuring the four Cabinet members who have joined the Palang Pracharat party to quit, saying their…

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Coup remarks only “worst case scenario”: Supreme commander 

Supreme Commander Gen Pornpipat Benyasri today tried to allay fears of a military intervention after the general elections expected early next year. He said if all parties concerned try to…

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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha takes a selfie with a group of Thai people in Brussels on Thursday before attending the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting. –Photo from Gen Prayut’s Twitter

PM Prayut calls for “forward-looking” relationship with Europe

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday assured his Netherlands and Norwegian counterparts that his government will stick to its political roadmap which will see a general election next year and…

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Sudarat doubles down on her criticism of welfare cards scheme 

Pheu Thai Party’s political stalwart Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan today doubled down on her criticism of the government’s welfare cards scheme which provides poor people with access to free medical care,…

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PM to be asked to scrap second passenger terminal project at Suvarnabhumi 

Twelve engineering and architecture organizations have joined forces to ask Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to exercise his executive power to scrap the Airports of Thailand’s plan to build the second…

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PM Prayut orders review of bill on cybersecurity bill: government spokesman

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a review of the controversial bill on cybersecurity following a public outcry over what is seen as excessive power given to authorities to pry…

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Overwhelming support for decriminalizing marijuana for medical purpose

An overwhelming number of people have voiced support for decriminalizing the use of kanja (marijuana) for research and development for medical purpose, said Somchai Sawaengkarn, a member of the National…

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How the young politicians see the future

Exclusive talk with Paopoom Rojanasakul, the new faces in Thai Politics of Pheu Thai Party and Narit Paranulaksa, the new generation in Thai Politics of Phalang Pracharat Party.

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“Iron Lady” is off the blocks, again…but will she make it?

Sudarat Keyuraphan had always been tipped to become Thailand’s first female prime minister, until Yingluck Shinawatra came along. Now, the veteran politician would have to contend with being “second”, if…

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PM Prayut promises to try to read every Facebook comment

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised to try to read every comment posted on  his Facebook page which he formally launched on Monday. In a Facebook post addressed to his…

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EC will probe Pheu Thai’s alleged influence over two parties

The Election Commission (EC) will investigate allegations that Pheu Tham Party and Pheu Chart Party are proxies of the former ruling Pheu Thai Party, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma said. If…

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PM Prayut’s Facebook receives good response

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s Facebook page has attracted more than 34,000 likes and another 36,000 followers on the first day of its launch.  In addition, over 2,700 opinions were posted…

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Anwar Ibrahim taking oath in Parliament Monday morning. – Photo from Malaysiakini

Anwar sworn in as MP after winning by-election

Malaysian veteran politician Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as a member of Parliament this morning, two days after he swept to victory in a by-election. Anwar, a former deputy prime…

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PM Prayut goes full steam in the social media

With political parties beating the war drums, it seems that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has realized that he cannot afford to just sit idly by. He has decided to go…

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Politicians warned not to underestimate the people

Politicians will be dead wrong if they still perceive the people as mere voters subservient to the patronage system, said Suriyasai Katasila, director of Thailand Reform Institute and vice dean…

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Anwar Ibrahim celebrates his by-election victory at Port Dickson on Saturday night. — Photo from Malaysiakini

With by-election win, Anwar closer to becoming prime minister of Malaysia

Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim swept to victory in a by-election Saturday, paving the way for him to ascend to the post of prime minister of Malaysia. Malaysian…

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Unofficial results show Anwar Ibrahim wins by-election

Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim made a political comeback today by winning a by-election at Port Dickson, based on unofficial poll results. Malaysiakini reported that Anwar was leading by…

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Thaksin’s son indicted for money-laundering linked to KTB scandal

Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was today indicted on money laundering charges in connection with the multi-billion-baht Krungthai Bank (KTB) loan scandal. Trumps Chalichan…

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Seeing Thaksin overseas is no problem: Dr Wissanu

There is nothing legally wrong with Pheu Thai party members flying abroad to meet with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said Deputy Prime Mister Wissanu Krea-ngarm. In response to reporters’…

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It’s a three-horse race for Democrat party leadership

As anticipated, only three candidates applied to join the race for the Democrat party leadership after the one-day application for candidacy closed at 4.30 pm today. The three contenders are…

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Industry Minister Uttama will resign “when the right time comes”

Palang Pracharat acting party leader Uttama Savanayana reaffirmed  today that he will resign as industry minister when the right time comes. Uttama and three other Cabinet members have been under…

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Thanathorn makes dismantling “legacy” of NCPO his main political message

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has made dismantling of what he describes as the “legacy” of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) a major plank of the platform of his Future…

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Palang Pracharat to get big boost from “Sam Mitr” group

The pro–junta Palang Pracharat Party is getting a major boost after a group of politicians and former MPs of the so-called “Sam Mitr” group are on the verge of joining…

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Gen Prawit insists election will take place in February

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan insisted this morning that the upcoming general election will take place as scheduled in February and dismissed rumours that it could be postponed to…

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Palang Pracharat: Lightning rod or effective tool?

On the one hand, the newly–formed Palang Pracharat Party can be military–backed Prime Minister Prayut Chan–o–cha’s formidable weapon going into his most politically critical period since the 2014 coup. On the…

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PM Prayut insists again that 4 Cabinet members who join Palang Pracharat do not need to resign

Despite mounting pressure from various political quarters,  Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted today the four Cabinet members who have joined the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party do not have to resign…

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Somkid insists 4 ministers need not quit after joining Palang Pracharat

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak came to the defence today of  four cabinet members who are facing pressure to relinquish their posts after  joining the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party. Somkid…

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Future Forward leader Thanathorn says he’s ready to be prime minister

Future Forward acting party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit announced today that he is ready to be the next prime minister and to lead Thailand toward changes and new future. “The Future…

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Poll shows over 60 %  doubt they will have good MPs after election

More than 60 percent of respondents in an opinion poll are not confident that the upcoming election will produce good members of the parliament while 73.6 percent want politicians who…

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Industry Minister Uttama is leader of pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party

Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana was this aftetnoon chosen as the leader of the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party. Speaking after his appointment at the party’s general meeting, Uttama said he will…

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Industry Minister Uttama says his is ready to lead pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party

Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana announced today that he was ready to lead the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party. Mr Uttama and Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong arrived at the Grand Diamond ballroom…

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PM Prayut loses his cool and hits back at Sanoh Thienthong

An infuriated Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha today hit back at veteran politician Sanoh Thienthong who had earlier cast doubts on the possibility of his return to power after the…

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Thanathorn blasts Thai military for creating “vicious circle” at New York forum

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has used the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York as a forum to lambast the Thai military for creating what he described as…

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Alongkorn says he wants to lead Democrat into new era

Alongkorn Pollabutr, a potential contender to challenge the leadership of Abhisit Vejjajiva, said this morning that the Democrat Party is at a cross-roads and needs to initiate a major transformation…

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PM gives nod to Cabinet members to work with Palang Pracharath Party

Cabinet ministers are free to work with the Palang Pracharath party so long as it is not against the law, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday in reference to…

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Minister Kobsak only step away from joining Palang Pracharath Party 

Though he hasn’t said it out loud, Prime Minister’s Office Minister Kobsak Phutrakul is leaving no doubts that he is just a step away from throwing his hat into the…

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Ex-Democrat MP for Chon Buri quits party

A former MP of the Democrat Party representing the eastern province of Chon Buri has tendered his resignation from the party in what is seen as the start of a…

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Democrat claims Sam Mitr continues courting former MPs in North

The Sam Mitr (Three Allies) group, seen as the political recruiting arm of the military junta, continues with its poaching spree to woo former MPs of the Democrat Party in…

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Duterte blasts JCC as “a bunch of criminals”

Philippine President Redrigo Duterte has stepped up his attacks against the International Criminal Court (ICC), calling the tribunal “a bunch of criminals” trying to investigate his war on drugs, according…

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Sam Mitr is still undecided whether to join Phalang Pracharat in upcoming election

Sam Mitr (Three Allies) group has yet to decide whether or not to merge with pro-regime Phalang Pracharat Party in the coming general election, said the group’s secretary Pirom Polwiset….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC announces 350 election constituencies with one MP for each

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

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

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

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

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

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

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