Politics

Many “Firsts” mark today’s Thai election

Some 51 million Thais are eligible to go to poll today after more than four years of military rule, for a highly-craved general election to decide the immediate futures of…

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Thanathorn may be in trouble over  alleged share-holding in media firm

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit may be in hot water over his alleged share-holding in a media organization which, if true, would be in violation of the Constitution.   According to Isra news agency, Thanathorn…

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Parties launch final election push for votes in Bangkok

After most major parties wrapped campaigning Friday night, the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party today used a convoy of campaign trucks in a last-minute bid to reach out to Bangkok’s voters. Core party members and candidates…

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Early voting ballots get police escort to 350 constituencies

Election ballots cast by both local and overseas early voters and which have already been sorted at Lak Si post office in Bangkok, are being transported in a convoy of…

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EC says Gen Prayut’s nomination as PM candidate is legal

The Election Commission (EC) has ruled that the Palang Pracharat party’s nomination of General Prayut Chan-o-cha as its prime ministerial candidate is legitimate.   An EC press release today said that the commission had considered a…

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General Prem among 900,000 to cast early votes tomorrow

Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda will be among some 900,000 early voters in Bangkok to cast their general election ballots tomorrow. About two million people registered as early voters nation-wide. The first public appearance of…

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Thailand’s leading academics taking part in the election forum organized by Thai PBS last week

“Unpredictable, messy” is how the March-24 election is seen by academics

The March-24 is anything but predictable. That’s the general consensus among some of Thailand’s leading academics and political experts just less than a week away from the first general election…

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PM orders review of duty free concession bidding process

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a review of the bidding process for the concession to operate duty free shops at Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai airports to ensure transparency and optimum benefit…

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PM orders review of duty free concession bidding process

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a review of the bidding process for the concession to operate duty free shops at Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai airports to ensure transparency and optimum benefit…

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Ex-TRC candidates to be probed for trying to “influence” voters

The Election Commission (EC) has ordered an investigation into the conduct of some former candidates of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party who have reportedly urged their supporters to vote…

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Fighting populism with more populism?

The lead–up to the March–24 general election sees an unprecedented clash of populist policies.  Absent in the debate, however, are convincing ideas as to how they would be financed.   …

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EC urged to allow international monitoring of election

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has been urged to speed up its approval of requests from international organizations to send observers to monitor the upcoming general election. Mr. Aekkapant Pinthavanich, director…

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Abhisit says no to Prayut’s return as post-election prime minister

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva made it clear today that he will definitely not support Prayut Chan-o-cha as the post-election prime minister. In a short video clip, uploaded on social media today, Abhisit explained…

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Pro-Thanathorn website pulls support for Future Forward party

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has been dealt another blow after a website has withdrawn its support, claiming that the firebrand politician had stooped to gutter politics by promising to bring fugitive former prime…

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Thai embassy in KL overwhelmed with early voters

Over 4,000 Thai nationals working in Malaysia turned up at the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur today to cast their ballots in early voting.    The long queue of waiting voters spilled out of…

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Ex-TRC core members vow to fight on against junta

Core members of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party vowed today to carry on with what they claim to be a fight for democracy and to launch campaign rallies across…

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Sudarat questions credibilty of senator selection

Pheu Thai party’s chief election strategist Sudarat Keyuraphan has questioned the credibility of the selection of 194 senators by the military junta, officially called the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). She pointed out…

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Military officers to dominate NCPO-appointed Senate

The 194 senators to be handpicked by the Thailand’s military junta, which is officially known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), are expected to be dominated by…

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Representatives from four political parties join the election debate on environment policies organized by Thai PBS on Thursday night.

Political parties unveil environment and clean air policies

Despite the overwhelming news coverage given to on-going political bickering dominating the current election campaign, several politicians still manage to make their voices heard on crucial – yet under-reported —…

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Thai Raksa Chart party members can campaign for other parties

Members, as well as former executive committee members of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart, may help campaign for other parties and candidates, Election Commission secretary-general Jarungvidh Phumma said today. However,…

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Gen Prawit allays coup rumors

scheduled. The retired general, who is in charge of national security, also dismissed concerns that the spat between Seri Ruam Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavej, a former national…

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Representatives of five political parties taking part in an election debate organized by Thai PBS Wednesday night on the issue of state welfare.

Populist policies dominate election campaigning

Populist polices in one form or another seem to be dominating the debate for the upcoming general election. And a welfare state appears to be most common catchword. Representatives of…

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Thai Raksa Chart supporters urged to vote for Pheu Thai

A deputy leader of the dissolved Thai Raksa Chart party has called on supporters to vote for the Pheu Thai party or for anti-military parties in constituencies where no Pheu…

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Analysis: How dissolution changes complexion of Thai political game

The mathematical context of the March 24 Thai general election does not change in the wake of the Constitutional Court’s dissolution of the Thai RaksaChart Party. The Pheu Thai-led alliance still needs 376…

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Srisuwan seeks probe of election commissioners for overseas trips

One-man crusader Srisuwan Janya has threatened to petition the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate seven election commissioners for making overseas trips to observe early voting at Thai embassies between…

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Constitutional Court orders Thai Raksa Chart dissolved

The Constitutional Court this afternoon ordered the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party dissolved as a punishment for its failed nomination of Princess Ubolratna, a member of the Royal Family, as…

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Constitutional Court security tightened ahead of Thai Raksa Chart verdict

Security has been tightened in and around the Constitutional Court building in anticipation of a big turnout Thursday when the court is due to deliver its verdict on the fate…

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Politicians taking part in the Thai PBS election forum on how they hope to tackle corruption problem on Tuesday night.

How politicians think they can fight corruption

Politicians competing in the March-24 general election agree that corruption is a scourge that is undermining the Thai society and dealing with it will be one of their priorities if…

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Palang Pracharat drops plan for PM to address rallies

The pro-junta Palang Pracharat party has decided to abandon its plan to have its prime ministerial candidate, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, attend its campaign rally this Sunday in Thailand’s northeastern…

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PM says he is aware of campaign debut risks

Still undecided about joining the Palang Pracharat party’s campaign rally in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima this Sunday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted today that he was fully aware…

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Thanathorn’s “unfinished mission” of 1932 revolution questioned

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s controversial remark, that one of the party’s policies is to complete the unfinished mission of the 1932 coup makers, has provoked a strong reaction…

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PM still undecided about campaign debut in Nakhon Ratchasima

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha remains undecided whether to attend his first campaign rally for the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party, due to be held in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima…

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21 PAD protesters acquitted for 2008 parliament siege

Twenty-one anti-Thaksin protesters, accused of laying siege to Thailand’s parliament in October 2008, were acquitted today after the Criminal Court ruled that their protest was peaceful and only turned violent…

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PM may address his first campaign rally on March 10

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may take to the podium to address supporters of the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party in his campaign debut on March 10th. Palang Pracharat party leader…

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MCOT told to review axing of election program host

The Thai Broadcast Journalists Association (TBJA) today called on the management of the state-owned Mass Communications Organization of Thailand (MCOT) to review its order removing the host of an election program for…

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Young politicians making their election debut during an election debate organized by Thai PBS on Friday night.

Political new-comers want to see change

The March-24 general election sees not only a huge number of first-time voters but also a large number of young politicians making their political debut. Representatives of five political parties,…

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Representatives of Future Forward, Democrat, Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai and Prachachat parties during the forum on military and police reform organized by Thai PBS Thursday night.

Talks of military reform dominate election campaigning

Reforming the military has become a battle cry for several political parties contesting the upcoming general election. Downsizing the armed forces and cutting back defence budget as well as replacing…

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Poll election candidates of new party disqualified

All the 206 constituency and party-list candidates from the little known Thai Friend party have been disqualified from contesting the March 24th election after the party was found by the…

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EC conditionally allows PM Prayut to campaign with candidates

The pro-junta Palang Pracharat party has received a boost after the Election Commission gave its approval for the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to join party candidates on the hustings. The…

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Administrative Court rejects Thai Raksa Chart’s bid to block dissolution ruling

The Central Administrative Court has quashed an attempt by the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party to spare itself from possible dissolution by the Constitutional Court for its controversial nomination of…

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Appeals Court upholds 2-year prison term on ex-Pheu Thai leader Yongyuth

The Appeals Court today upheld the two-year prison sentence imposed on former Pheu Thai party leader Yongyuth Vichaidit for malfeasance in office in connection with the Alpine golf course in…

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Representatives of the Democrat, Future Forward, Chart Pattana and Pheu Thai parties taking part in the forum on foreign policy challenges facing post-election government organized by Thai PBS Wednesday night.

Politicians agree dealing with China is major challenge for post-election administration 

In an election dominated by political polarization and bread-and-butter issues, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that foreign policy has been put on the backburner. But candidates in the upcoming…

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Journalists work at a media centre as the press conference by US President Donald Trump is telecast following the second US-North Korea summit on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un collapsed today after the two sides failed to reach a deal due to…

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Trump-Kim handshake, optimism to kick off nuclear summit

US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their second summit Wednesday and predicted successful talks with the totalitarian state over…

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Constitutional Court to rule on Thai Raksa Chart’s fate on March 7

The Constitutional Court has set March 7 as the date to decide the fate of Thai Raksa Chart Party which is facing the prospect of being dissolved for nominating Princess…

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Representatives of five political parties offer their platforms on basic economic problems during an election forum organized by Thai PBS on Tuesday.

Solving bread-and-butter issues for agricultural sector key policy for parties

Tackling bread-and-butter issues was the focus of the debate of representatives of five political parties taking part in an election forum organized by Thai PBS on Tuesday night. They took…

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File photo taken on June 11, 2018, From AFP

Kim, Trump arrive in Hanoi ahead of summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump arrived in Hanoi Tuesday, ahead of a second summit closely watched for concrete steps to dismantle Pyongyang’s nuclear programme….

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Charter Court to begin deliberating Thai Raksa Chart’s fate today

The Constitutional Court will today begin the process of deliberating the Election Commission’s request for it to consider dissolving the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party for its nomination of Princess…

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Gen Prayut says no to election debate

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said today he will not take part in any political debate leading up to the election as it would be a waste of his working…

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Representatives of six political parties at the forum on Thailand’s political future organized by Thai PBS on Monday night.

Major parties optimistic about Thailand’s future after election

Representatives of six major political parties taking part in a debate forum organized by Thai PBS on Monday night expressed optimism that Thailand will see a smooth political transition after…

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EC non-committal on PM Prayut joining debates

Thailand’s Election Commission has given mixed signals as to whether current Prime Minister and head of the NCPO, Prayut Chan-o-cha, can legally take part in debates with other prime ministerial…

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Pressure rises on Gen Prayut to debate other PM candidates

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is coming under increasing pressure to take part in political debates with other prime ministerial candidates.   The People’s Network for Elections in Thailand (PNET), a non-governmental organization monitoring elections in Thailand, today posted a poem on…

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Mahathir urges ASEAN to be vigilant against big power involvement in region

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia said today  big power rivalry and foreign interference swirling around the Middle East is yet another reminder why Malaysia and ASEAN must…

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US and China extend trade talks; Xi-Trump meeting may follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators agreed Friday to extend high-level trade talks through the weekend, and President Donald Trump said he hoped to meet next month at his…

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Thai Raksa Chart party to go all out for election campaigning

In an apparent about-face, the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party has decided to go full steam on election campaigning even though the party’s fate still hangs in the balance with…

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How do political parties reach out to first time voters.

With close to 7 million first-time voters being their prime target in the March 24 election, several political parties are competing in an unprecedented scale to reach out to them…

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73rd Chula–Thammasat traditional football match 2019.

73rd Chula–Thammasat traditional football match 2019. Presidents of CU and TU student cheering clubs on how students’ political and social point of view is reflected through one of the country’s…

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Future Forward grapples with political complications

All eyes will be on Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit next week when he and two other party executives face the prosecutors for a Facebook Live session that allegedly discredited…

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Future forward leader targeted over allegations against junta

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit who is due to appear before the public prosecutor next week said Wednesday that he was not worried that he might be indicted and…

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Democrat Party candidates hit the campaign trail at Soi Surasena, Bangkok.

Democrat Party candidates recently hit the campaign trail at Soi Surasena, Bangkok. They made their election promises. But what do the people think?

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The Future Forward Party candidates visit to Kru Whee market on Rama 3 Road in Bangkok.

The Future Forward Party led by its leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit made its presence felt during a recent campaign visit to Kru Whee market on Rama 3 Road in Bangkok. How…

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Thai Raksa Chart’s defence claims it was Princess’s wish to be its PM candidate

The pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party submitted its written defence to the Constitutional Court today against the Election Commission’s ruling that the party committed hostile acts against democracy under the…

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Defence spokesman defends military budget

The Thai military has defended its spending of about 1 trillion baht, or 7% of the fiscal budget, over the past five years and claimed it had not increased substantially….

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Suthep’s party to support Gen Prayut as next PM

The Action Coalition for Thailand Party (ACT) which has former anti-Thaksin protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban as its de facto leader is throwing full support behind Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to return…

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PM urges parties to refrain from campaign mud-slinging

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today urged political parties to be constructive in their election campaigning and to refrain from mud-slinging. In an apparent reference to the spat between the army…

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PM joins those hitting back at Pheu Thai party in defence of the military

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan have joined the chorus defending military spending and mandatory conscription against increasing criticism from anti-junta politicians, particularly Pheu Thai…

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Rangsit Uni poll puts Palang Pracharat leading with 21.5 percent

According to an opinion poll released today by Rangsit University, the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party will win the March 24 election with an estimated 8.3 million votes, or 21.5 percent…

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Army chief tells media to listen to “Nak Paendin” ultra-nationalist song

Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong responded to a reporter’s question this morning about his view of the current political situation by suggesting the media listen to the old ultra-nationalist…

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PM concerned about alleged distortion of rice bill

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is concerned about alleged distortion of the contents of the upcoming Rice Bill in a way which may cause public misunderstanding. He insists the Bill…

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PM tours Chatuchak weekend market

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha toured Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak weekend market today (Saturday) and chatted with both vendors and shoppers. Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Interior Minister Anupong…

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Thai Raksa Chart’s executive committee suspends campaign activities for a week

The pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party today announced the suspension of political activities by the party’s committee for seven days in order to prepare its defence before the Constitutional Court…

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Election Commission rejects 2 PM and 107 party-list candidates

Thailand’s Election Commission announced today that 107 party-list and two prime ministerial candidates have been disqualified. Of the 2,917 party-list registered candidates from 77 political parties, 2,810 candidates as well…

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Prayuth most favoured PM candidate while Pheu Thai party leads – Nida Poll

Prayut Chan-o-cha currently tops the list of prime ministerial candidates, but the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party is ahead, according to the latest NIDA Poll (National Institute of Development Administration). The…

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Pheu Thai demands dissolution of Palang Pracharat in response to Thai Raksa Chart’s possible disbandment

The Pheu Thai party has retaliated against the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party by demanding that the Election Commission dissolve that party as well, following action taken against the pro-Thaksin Thai…

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NBTC asked to review suspension order against pro-Thaksin Voice TV

Thailand’s three press associations have urged the national broadcast regulator, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), to reconsider its order to suspend the operations of Voice TV for 15 days….

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Charter Court to decide Thursday whether to rule on Thai Raksa Chart’s fate

The Constitutional Court will decide by tomorrow afternoon whether or not to accept for consideration the request of the Election Commission to have the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party dissolved…

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Army chief dismisses coup rumour, but again says “don’t cross the line”

Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong today ruled out the possibility of a coup d’état , saying that unfounded reports of a coup were spread by “the same old group…

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Election Commission decides to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart, Constitutional Court to have final say

The Election Commission has voted unanimously to ask the Constitutional Court to consider disbanding the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party.  A press release of the EC’s office said that the…

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Supreme Court upholds 8-month jail term for 6 ex-PAD leaders

Six former leaders of the anti-Thaksin People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), including ex-Bangkok governor Chamlong Srimuang, have lost their legal battle as the Supreme Court upholds their eight-month prison sentences…

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Pro-Thaksin Voice TV temporarily goes off air

Voice TV, a pro-Thaksin digital broadcaster known for its critical coverage of the military, went off the air at midnight as ordered by the broadcast regulator.   “Temporarily off air…

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Princess Ubolratana says she regrets for troubles caused

Princess Ubolratana said yesterday she regrets that her desire to help the country by entering the March-24 election as a prime ministerial candidate has ended up in trouble.   “I…

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Election Commission yet to decide on Thai Raksa Chart’s fate

Chairman of the Election Commission Itthiporn Boonprakong denied that the commission has already made a decision to have the  pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party dissolved for nominating  Princess Ubolratana as its prime…

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Election Commission to ask Constitutional Court to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart party

The  pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party today suffers another major setback that might lead to its dissolution after the Election Commission rules that it has engaged in action that is…

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Pheu Thai-led alliance in rearguard battle

Before sunset last Friday, the last day of electoral candidacy registration, the Pheu Thai-led alliance was totally upbeat. Its realistic chances of beating its enemies and take post-election power had…

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Thai Raksa Chart party in disarray as special meeting of executives collapses

The Thai Raksa Chart party appears to be in disarray after a special meeting of its executive committee, scheduled for Monday evening, was abruptly cancelled due to the lack of…

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Election Commission officially rejects Thai Raksa Chart’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana for PM

Thailand’s Election Commission has rejected the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana as its sole candidate for the post-election prime minister. The commission also considered the demand…

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Gen Prawit dismisses rumour of military coup 

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan this morning dismissed a rumour in the social media of a possible military coup against the Prayut government. The rumours were spread following the…

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Alleged firing of commanders of three armed forces dismissed as fake news

The government today dismissed what was purportedly an announcement by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) relieving the commanders of the three armed forces as fake.   Assistant…

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Activist Srisuwan to move for the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party

Constitution Protection Association Secretary-general Srisuwan Janya vowed today (Sunday) that, tomorrow, he will ask the Election Commission to review the pro-Thaksin Thaki Raksa Chart party’s controversial nomination of its prime…

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Election Commission may meet on Monday to discuss Thai Raksa Chart party’s controversial nominee for prime minister

The EC is expected to discuss the Thai Raksa Chart party’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana as its sole prime ministerial candidate, but the EC’s secretary-general, Jarungvith Phumma, declined to responElection…

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Thai Raksa Chart party says it’s ready to comply with Royal Command

The pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party today issued a statement saying it will comply with the Royal Command of His Majesty the King which states his objection to the party’s…

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HM the King says Princess Ubolratana’s bid to be Thailand’s PM “inappropriate”

In what is seen as an objection to Princess Ubolratana’s bid to become Thailand’s next prime minister, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn tonight described her one-day-old nomination under the banner of…

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Princess Ubolratana says she is now ordinary citizen wanting to bring prosperity to country

Princess Ubolratana clarified today that she has already relinquished all her Royal titles to become an ordinary Thai citizen and has consented to the Thai Raksa Chart party proposing her…

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Election Commission urged to reject Thai Raksa Chart’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana

The People’s Reform party, which openly supports Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return as prime minister after the election,  has urged the Election Commission to reject the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party’s…

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Pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart nominates Princess Ubolratana as PM candidate

It was the biggest surprise of modern Thai political history when a member of the Thai Royal Family, Princess Ubolratana was today nominated prime ministerial candidate by the newly-formed Thai…

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“Yes” or “no”, Gen Prayut says he will decide by 9-10am Friday

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today he would finalize his decision about whether he would accept the Palang Pracharat’s invitation to become the party’s prime ministerial candidate tomorrow (Friday)…

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Palang Pracharat party has Plan B if Gen Prayut turns down its invitation

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party has worked out a Plan B in case Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declines the party’s invitation to become its prime ministerial candidate, said Mr Sontirat…

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Khunying Sudarat vows to lead Pheu Thai party to election victory

Pheu Thai party’s election strategy chief Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan vowed on Tuesday to lead the party to election victory to replace the “military government” with a “government which is specialized…

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14 Pheu Chart candidates change  names to “Thaksin” and “Yingluck”

At least, 14 candidates of the pro-Thaksin Pheu Chart party have changed their names to “Thaksin” for the men and “Yingluck” for the women when they applied for registration on…

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“Swing parties” might, just might, be swung by voters

In an ideal world where political horse-trading is far less influential, voters can effectively assert what they want on the March 24 election. In other words, the 250-strong Senate can…

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