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PM says he is studying policies of parties before he deciding which one to join

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today he is studying policy platforms of political parties before deciding which one he would join in the near future. He explained that he wanted…

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Thai Raksa Chart party unveils economic policies

Thai Raksa Chart, a party recently formed to capitalize on young voters, has unveiled its four economic policies that emphasize application of new technology to cut costs, to increase revenues…

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Poll shows people happy with government’s performance, in favour of Prayut’s return as PM

Thirty-nine percent of more than 2,000 respondents in the latest opinion poll are satisfied with the performance of the Prayut government and the National Council for Peace and Order in…

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EC urged to probe suspected cheats in selection of senators

The Election Commission has been told to investigate suspected cheats in the selection of senators in Bangkok on Thursday. In a statement addressed to the EC today, PNET, a non-governmental…

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Srisuwan to kick-start signature collection campaign to impeach five anti-graft commissioners

Political activist Srisuwan Janya declared today he is determined to push ahead with his bid to impeach the five anti-graft commissioners who cleared Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan of wrongdoing…

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Gen Prem advises PM Prayut to treat critics as friends

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha led members of his Cabinet and military top brass for a ritual New Year’s call on Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda on Thursday and…

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EC sets campaign spending limits for parties and candidates

The Election Commission has finally decided to set the limits of campaign spending for political parties and individual candidates in the upcoming election at 35 million baht and 1.5 million…

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What is holding back Prayut’s announcement?

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is not playing hard to get. In keeping people waiting for his decision to vie for post-election premiership, he probably does not want to get bombarded…

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Chart Thai Pattana party unveils policies

Extending the official mandatory retirement age  from 60 to 65 years, legalizing of same-sex marriage and depoliticizing the education system  form parts of the policies unveiled by Chart Thai Pattana…

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Ex-deputy premier Pridiyathorn says Gen Prayut unfit to be next prime minister

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is unfit to be Thailand’s next prime minister for a number of reasons, ranging from his lack of fiscal discipline and courage in making crucial decisions…

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Political parties urged to support media organization’s call to scrap gag orders 

The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) on Sunday issued a statement addressed to all political party leaders, urging them to join its campaign for the revocation of four executive orders issued…

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Election Commission clarifies about fund-raising activities and political donations

Political parties can hold fund-raising events until the Royal Decree on the election of members of the parliament comes into effect after which such activities are banned, but political donations…

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Democrat unveils economic policy aimed at helping farmers and labourers

The Democrat Party on Friday unveiled an economic policy designed to guarantee minimum wages for labourers at no less than 120,000 baht per annum and the minimum price of rice…

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US government shuts down at midnight

WASHINGTON (REUTERS, AFP) – The US House of Representatives adjourned Friday without Congress passing a spending deal, assuring a partial government shutdown at midnight as President Donald Trump and lawmakers…

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25 parties sign MoU pledging free and fair election

Twenty-five political parties, including the Democrat and Pheu Thai, signed a memorandum of understanding today, pledging to strictly follow the election law and related regulations, to engage in peaceful election…

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BMA and TAT deny participating in Palang Pracharat’s fund-raising 

A fallout from the pro-government Palang Pracharat’s fund-raising banquet on Wednesday night has caused uneasiness for Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), two of the…

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EC to look into Palang Pracharat’s controversial fund-raising 

The Election Commission has promised to look into the pro-junta Palang Pracharat’s much-celebrated fund raising on Wednesday night to determine whether donations by either individuals or organizations conform with the…

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Attempt to form a political alliance reportedly under way

An attempt is reportedly under way to put together a political alliance among parties not allied with the pro-government Palang Pracharat party to form a coalition if they together manage…

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Money flows can determine political outcomes

The Pheu Thai Party, ironically as its critics may say, will be hoping money does not matter as much in next year’s election. The Democrats, meanwhile, are struggling to cope with…

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Mattis resigns as US defence secretary over differences with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of US troops from Syria and after two years of deep…

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Palang Pracharat raises 650 million baht in fund-raising banquet

The pro-military Palang Pracharat party has raised an estimated 650 million baht – 50 million baht more than initial projection — from a fund-raising banquet held Wednesday night at Impact…

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EC welcomes international observers to monitor election

The Election Commission has made clear it does not object to having international observers monitor the forthcoming election on February 24. EC chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong said Wednesday that he had…

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Gen Prawit dismisses speculation about Mrs Yaowapa’s escape

Deputy Prime Miniser Prawit Wongsuwan dismissed speculation that Mrs Yaowapa Wongsawat, younger sister of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has slipped out of the country to escape probable criminal…

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Palang Pracharat party expects to raise 600 million baht from fund-raising dinner

The pro-military Palang Pracharat party is expected to raise about 600 million baht from a grand fund-raising dinner called “One Thailand” to be held tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at Muang Thong…

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EC backtracks and agrees to ballots with both party’s names and logos

Backing down under pressure from political parties, the Election Commission has agreed to opt for an election ballot design that is complete with the names and logos of political parties…

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Prayut says EC will decide whether to allow foreign observers to monitor election

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made clear today that the Election Commission will be the sole authority to decide whether or not to allow foreign observers to monitor the forthcoming election…

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EC sets limits on election spending for  and parties

The Election Commission has agreed to set a limit of individual election spending of candidates at two million baht each and 70 million baht for political parties. A well-informed source…

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Future Forward unveils policies designed to change Thailand

The Future Forward Party on Sunday formally unveiled a series of policies that its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit claim will change the face of Thailand. The policies range from decentralization of…

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Selection of senators starts today

Selection of senators, who will play a key role in shaping post-election Thai political future, began today with candidates in all 876 districts across the country selecting among themselves in…

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In politics, blood is not always thicker than water

Blood is thicker than water, it was so said.  But it is definitely not for the case of the two Juangroongruangkit clan members – Suriya of the pro-government Palang Pracharat…

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“Unlocked” parliamentary politics probably as good as it gets

The lifting of political restrictions will kick-start a semblance of conventional election campaigns as Thais know them. The greater freedom will certainly increase criticism against the military government, but Prime…

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NLA passes labour bill aimed to increase severance pay and maternity leave

The National Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed amendments to the Labour Protection Act which will essentially increase severance pay for employees who have been working for their employers for 20…

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PM warned to not engage in political campaigning

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been warned not to engage in election campaigning even if he is nominated as a candidate for prime minister because in his capacity as a…

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Science minister says it’s time to invite Gen Prayut to be Palang Pracharat’s PM candidate

Science and Technology Minister Suwit Maesincee and a core member of Palang Pracharat Party said this morning that it was about time the pro-government political party formally invited Prime Minister…

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Political parties join hands to demand EC to change controversial ballots

Seven political parties have demanded the Election Commission to change its poll ballot format to include the names and logos of political parties and to allow each party to use…

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PM Prayut ends assets declaration row with executive order

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday issued an executive order exempting members of university council and board members of state funds  as well as their spouses and children from having…

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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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