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PM says he won’t invoke special power to solve poll ballot controversy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted today that he has nothing to do with the controversial new ballot design of the Election Commission and would not invoke his executive power to…

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Gen Prayut lifts ban on political activities, election campaign to begin

After a long wait, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) finally lifted the ban on political activities today, paving the way for political parties to begin campaigning for…

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Junta uses same tricks employed by Thaksin to ensure stay in power: Thirayuth Boonmee

The junta and the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha are following in the footstep of the previous Thaksin government in stifling independent organizations and in taking advantage of rival…

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Election inspectors urged to probe fund-raising dinner planned for Dec 19 in Nonthaburi

A dinner party reportedly planned for December 19 in Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Nonthaburi by the pro-regime Palang Pracharat Party has become a focus of attention by critics who see…

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EC warned new ballots could lead to possibility of election being nullified

As resentments among political parties and politicians grow against the new poll ballot design, a former election commissioner has warned the Election Commission that the forthcoming election could end up…

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Pheu Thai party cries foul over reported omission of party logos from poll ballots

The Pheu Thai party has cried foul over what its spokesman described as an “election tragedy” a proposal reportedly from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that the election ballots will show…

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Gen Prawit’s expensive wristwatch probe to be wrapped up this month

Investigation into the scandal surrounding luxurious wristwatches worn by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan is expected to be wrapped up and its findings will be sent to the National Anti-Corruption…

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It’s official: Election will take place on February 24

It has been officially confirmed that the much-awaited election will take place on February 24, 2019 with advance voting scheduled for February 17, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam….

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Prayut chides political parties for boycotting meeting with NCPO

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, visibly infuriated by major political parties’ boycott of a meeting with him and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) this Friday, accused them of…

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Anti-graft agency is pondering new wealth declaration announcement

The National Anti-Corruption Commission is considering amending its controversial assets declaration announcement so that officials holding some positions would be exempted from having to declare their wealth and details about…

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Prayut and Palang Pracharat: A marriage waiting to happen

Strategically speaking, there’s a huge difference between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha being in the Palang Pracharat Party’s list of prime ministerial candidates and him waiting for a parliamentary “invitation” to…

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Prayut and Palang Pracharat: A marriage waiting to happen

Strategically speaking, there’s a huge difference between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha being in the Palang Pracharat Party’s list of prime ministerial candidates and him waiting for a parliamentary “invitation” to…

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NLA looks for temporary venue for parliamentary sessions

The National Legislative Assembly is looking for a temporary location to host parliamentary sessions at least for six months as it awaits the completion of the construction of the new…

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Outspoken Chalerm named Pheu Thai’s chief of election campaign team

Maverick former MP of Bangkok Chalerm Yoobumrung  has been appointed chief of the Pheu Thai party’s election campaign team in charge of campaign throughout the country. Known as a crowd…

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Joining Palang Pracharat is under consideration: PM Prayut

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted today that the pro-military Palang Pracharat Party would be a choice if he is to jump into politics. Answering a reporter’s question, Gen Prayut said…

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Abhisit rules out joining pro-military party in forming government if it continues with current economic policies

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has ruled out the prospect of his party joining the pro-military Palang Pracharat party if it insists on pursuing the current government’s economic policies that…

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Democrats to boycott Friday’s meeting if it’s chaired by Prayut 

The Democrat party will not attend the meeting on Friday between the so-called “Five Rivers”, the Election Commission and political parties if it is chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha,…

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How long will Chaturon last on center stage?

In politics, there are names that carry with them “good images”. In the end, something is often found lacking and the “good images” can only go so far, and then…

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PM to discuss lifting of political restrictions and poll-related issues with parties on Friday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will chair a meeting this Friday with representatives of the so-called “Five Rivers”, the Election Commission and political parties at the Army Club to discuss issues…

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University staff members declare support for anti-graft agency

As university council members are threatening an en masse resignation to protest against the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s requirement for  them to declare their assets and those of their spouses and…

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PM Prayut irked by questions about alleged gerrymandering 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha lost his cool today when confronted by reporters who pestered him with questions about the Election Commission’s redrawing of constituency boundaries that has come under criticisms…

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Chaturon accuses  junta of taking advantage of rival political parties

Thai Raksachart party strategy committee chairman Chaturon Chaisaeng has accused the junta of “taking advantage to the last minute” of rival political parties by allowing the Election Commission to redraw…

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EC completes redrawing of constituency boundaries

The Election Commission has completed redrawing of the boundaries of 350 election constituencies and the announcement of the revised constituency map will soon be published in the Royal Gazette. The…

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Gen Prayut open to political offer, but in no hurry to say yes

It shouldn’t be a surprise if Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided which of the political parties he will align himself with. But for the time being, he still…

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Over 100 ex-MPs quit parties on the last day of party membership registration

Over 100 politicians, mostly members of the trouble-plagued Pheu Thai party, showed up at the office of the Election Commission on Monday to submit their resignations from their original parties…

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Wissanu says December-7 meeting will clear up political uncertainty

Uncertainty about the election date and when exactly political restrictions will be lifted to allow parties to engage fully in political activities will be cleared up at a meeting scheduled…

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Applications open today for senatorial posts

The Election Commission today starts accepting applications for senatorial posts from members of the public at its head office in Bangkok and at over 800 venues across the country. The…

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Thaksin’s son Panthongtae formally joins Pheu Thai party

After having sat on the sidelines for years, fugitive former prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s only son, Panthongtae “Oak”, has decided to formally join Pheu Thai party just as it continues…

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Poll shows Pheu Thai’s Sudarat beats PM Prayut as most favoured candidate for prime minister

Pheu Thai partry’s election strategy chief Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan emerges a top favourite to become the next prime minister in an opinion survey conducted by Nida Poll of the National…

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More former Pheu Thai MPs join Palang Pracharat party

Pheu Thai party continues to bleed as another batch of its former MPs from Kamphaeng Phet flock to the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party. Accompanied by Suriya Joengroongruangkit, a former MP…

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Despite apparent optimism, Palang Pracharat faces daunting realities

When a political party has a caucus or launching ceremony, optimism prevails without fail. That optimism can be justified or misguided, which is why Palang Pracharat, a pro–Prayut party that…

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Despite apparent optimism, Palang Pracharat faces daunting realities

When a political party has a caucus or launching ceremony, optimism prevails without fail. That optimism can be justified or misguided, which is why Palang Pracharat, a pro–Prayut party that…

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Singapore’s most likely future next prime minister unveiled

SINGAPORE – Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, has been picked as first assistant secretary-general of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), making him the most likely candidate to be Singapore’s…

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PM Prayut says election to be delayed or not up to Election Commission 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed today that the election roadmap remains unchanged and any decision to delay it as demanded by some political parties would have to be made by…

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The man to be Singapore’s next prime minister reportedly chosen

Singapore seems to have worked out its political succession and has chosen the leader of its fourth-generation team and the man likely to be next prime minister, the Straits Times…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte shake hands after a joint press statement at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on Tuesday.

China and Philippines sign oil, gas exploration deal as Xi Jinping meets Duterte

Beijing and Manila have agreed to a joint oil and gas exploration deal – one of 29 deals that were signed on Tuesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a…

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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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