Politics

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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Political parties told to go step by step in prelude to election

The National Council for Peace and Order has lifted restrictions on political activities but is apparently not in a hurry to allow full-fledged election campaigning. Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern…

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Parties start planning activities after political restrictions eased 

Political parties have begun setting dates for crucial activities they are required to complete before the election that is expected to take place between next February and early May following…

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Political restrictions to be eased very soon: Dr. Wissanu

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm hinted on Thursday that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) would ease political restrictions very soon in order to allow political parties to…

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Chuan says no to taking Democrat’s helm again

Former prime minister Chuan Leekpai today squashed speculation that he might make a comeback as the leader of the Democrat Party. He said incumbent party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has been…

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US Ambassador Glyn Davies bids farewell to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan during their meeting this morning.

US ambassador sees positive political development in Thailand

Out-going US Ambassador Glyn T Davies said today that he sees a positive future for Thailand which he hopes will be a strong, independent, free and prosperous country. Speaking to…

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Countdown to elections begins with two poll-related laws published in Royal Gazette 

Countdown to the general elections has begun after two laws on elections of members of House of Representatives and selection of senators were published in the Royal Gazette today. The…

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Democrat leadership choice – a field wide open

There’s something ironic about Warong Dechgitvigrom, but his emergence as one of the candidates to challenge Abhisit Vejjajiva for the leadership of the Democrat Party is probably one of the…

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PM Prayut defends all-girls music band against criticisms

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today came to the defence of BNK48 all-girls music ban leader Cherprang Areekul against criticism from anti-junta elements that she was being used as a tool…

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Alongkorn demands “social contract” from Democrats 

Former Democrat deputy leader Alongkorn Polabutr is demanding a “social contract” from members of the party by accepting his five-point “iron” ground rules if they want him to be their…

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Junta accused of seeking to replace Democrat leader Abhisit with a “nominee”

If Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is really serious about returning to power after the next elections, support from the Democrat Party would be very crucial.  And that’s why some…

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Junta urged to give all political parties equal treatment

Pheu Thai Party’s core member Chaturon Chaisaeng has asked the National Council for Peace and Order for an equal treatment so that all political parties can go out to meet…

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Korn to lodge complaint with PM over PTT’s power production investment

Democrat party deputy leader Korn Chatikavanij plans to visit the Government House Monday morning to lodge a complaint with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan against…

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Panthongtae Shinawatra : Bigger political pawn nowadays?

Panthongtae Shinawatra was first thrusted into the political spotlight in early 2000s doing two things — one like any teenaged boy would do and the other like no other teenager…

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Poll shows Gen Prayut favourite choice for premiership

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has emerged as the most favourite choice for prime minister after the next elections in a new poll conducted by Suan Dusit Poll. The highest…

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Having served at least two coups, Meechai insists he is no military lackey

Every coup-maker of the past two decades needed his service. Seizing power doesn’t end with just toppling the incumbent governments. Coup announcements and executive orders need to be issued. And…

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Ex-MP summoned to “attitude adjustment” session — in a coffee-shop 

A former MP of the Democrat Party was today subject to a so-called “attitude adjustment” session with a team of army and police personnel for his earlier criticism of the…

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Wissanu asks politicians whether they want early or late election

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has warned politicians that the election might be postponed from next February to May if they think that the 70-day period permissible for election campaigning…

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Northern people warned of early arrival of cold and dry seasons

As several northern provinces continue to be battered with torrential rain which is expected to taper off by the end of this month, the northern meteorological centre on Wednesday issued…

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Junta members change political rules for their benefits: Democrat deputy leader

Democrat party deputy leader Ong-art Klampaibul has accused some  unnamed figures in the National Council for Peace and Order of changing political rules until they become “unnatural and abnormal” for…

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Poll shows majority of people want political restrictions to be scrapped or eased

More than 45 percent of the respondents to an opinion poll want political restrictions to be completely scrapped against about 18 percent who want them to stay. Suan Dusit Poll…

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Former “Wadah” leader Wan Nor made leader of Prachachart Party

Former Narathiwat MP and leader of the Wadah group of southern Muslim politicians Mr Wa Muhamad Noor Matha or Wan Nor was today voted leader of the newly-formed Prachachart Party…

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Government urged not to block use of social media by politicians to reach out to people

Pheu Thai acting secretary-general Phumtham Wetchayachai urged the government and the Election Commission to be more broad-minded and not to block politicians from using social media to communicate with their…

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Gen Prawit says 3 more months before political campaigning can start 

Political parties must wait another three months before they can start election campaigning or advertising in the social media, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today. He warned that political…

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

PM promises easing of political restrictions once two poll-related bills enacted

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that political restrictions would be eased to allow political parties to conduct certain political activities once the charter-mandated bill on the election of members…

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Ex-city police chief acquitted for his role in violent breakup of PAD protest in 2008

Former metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Suchart Muenkaew who ordered the use of tear gas to break up protesters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in front of the…

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Local elections likely to come after general election

The elections of local administration organizations are likely to be held after the general election of MPs which has been tentatively scheduled for early next year with the earliest date…

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NSC allays fears of unrests after political ban eased

National Security Council (NSC) Secretary General Gen Wanlop Raksanoh this morning tried to allay fears that there could political unrests after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) eases…

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Proposal to ease political restrictions is now with NCPO

A proposal to ease political restrictions in six activities is now in the hand of Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart who is concurrently the secretary-general of the National Council for…

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Uttama, Sontirat deny they are quitting to jump into politics

Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana and Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong,  who have been linked to a new political party being formed to support Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s return to power,…

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Gen Chatchai is confident Thailand to be deleted from IUU watchlist

Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya is optimistic that Thailand will be removed from the IUU (illegal, unreported, unregulated) fishery watchlist after the scheduled arrival in Thailand in late September or…

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Poll finds Somkid to be most impressive Cabinet member

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has edged Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam to be the most outstanding member of Gen Prayut Cabinet.   Mr Somkid scored 49.88 percent from 1,291…

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A three-horse race for the next election?

In just a few more weeks, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan–o–cha will make known his political future.  Many may wonder why Gen Prayut needs to wait until September to unveil…

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Thanathorn of  Future Forward Party to hear charges on Sept 17

Thanathorn Jungroongreangkit, acting leader of the Future Forward Party, and two other party executives were granted permission to postpone reporting to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police to hear…

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Future Forward Party execs summoned to hear charges

Future Forward Party’s acting leader Thanathorn Jungroongreangkit and two other  party executives have been summoned to report to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) to be charged with violating the…

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Election in February? Prayut says yes, and then perhaps 

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted today there is no justification for the general election to take place before February next year. Speaking to reporters after the mobile Cabinet meeting…

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Wissanu suggests restrictions on political activities to be eased in September

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam today reiterated the time frame set for the general elections, which is between February 24 and May 5 next year, and suggested that political restrictions…

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NCPO has final say on election day: EC secretary-general

Election Commission secretary-general Charoongwit Poomma clarified on Sunday that the earliest election day on February 24 floated by the EC chairman was just a “model” as the final say would…

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EC to cap election spending at 2 million baht for  MP candidate

The Election Commission may fix the maximum election spending for each candidate at two million baht and 20-70 million baht the spending of each party of its party list-MP candidates,…

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Election may take place Feb 24 the earliest:Election Commission chairman

Newly-appointed Election Commission chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong said on Sunday that election might be held on February 24 the soonest or in May the latest. He said that the EC was…

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Private sector to propose southern economic plan to mobile Cabinet in Chumporn

The private sector in 11 southern provinces will propose to the government during the mobile Cabinet meeting in Chumporn on August 20-21 to push for the implementation of the Southern…

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Over 90 % of voters rank candidates’ integrity as top priority in elections

Over 90 percent of first-time voters and veteran voters said in a poll that they attach top priority to the integrity and ethics of candidates in next elections. According to…

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New EC members to decide on poll inspectors 

The five new members of the Election Commission officially assumed their duty today and the first major task awaiting them is how to deal with the fate of the 616 election inspectors…

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Suthep challenges NACC to send his alleged graft case to Supreme Court

Action Coalition for Thailand (Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai) party co-founder Suthep Thuagsuban on Thursday urged the National Anti-Corruption Commission to have the corruption against him sent to the Supreme Court’s…

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5 new Election Commission members get royal approval

The appointment of the five new members of the Election Commission, whose main task is to prepare for the first post-coup general elections expected next year,  has been given a…

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Pheu Thai’s Ruangkrai opposes move to nullify appointment of election  inspectors

In a move to block what is seen by critics as an attempt to delay the general elections,  a member of the Pheu Thai Party this morning asked the Election…

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“Tree bank” to be proposed to Cabinet meet in Chumporn

The government plans to set up a “tree bank” which will function like a clearing house to collect and select quality precious tree saplings for sale at affordable prices to…

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