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Chadchart Sittipunt: ‘World’s strongest politician’ aims to lift Bangkok to global standards

Chadchart Sittipunt is on course to becoming Bangkok’s first elected governor in nine years after securing a landslide victory in Sunday’s gubernatorial election. According to the unofficial vote count, he…

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Notoriously fickle Bangkok voters could deliver shock result on Sunday

Many Bangkokians say they will have a “difficult decision” to make on Sunday when they come to vote for their next governor. With information hitting them from all directions and…

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Tactical voting could win Bangkok governor election for conservatives

Although independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt topped most recent opinion polls for this Sunday’s Bangkok governor election, his four main rivals from the conservative camp remain hopeful of causing an upset….

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Bangkok’s Participatory budgeting can gives ordinary people a say in how public money is spent.(Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Participatory budgeting could put Bangkok’s future in hands of its residents

With Bangkok’s budget ranging between 70 billion and 80 billion baht per year, people voting for the city’s new governor this Sunday may be keen to find out which candidate…

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Battle for Bangkok raging online and offline as governor election looms

Battle is heating up both online and offline as Bangkok governor candidates woo voters of all generations ahead of the May 22 election. In the offline realm, candidates are jostling…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates float ideas for more public parks and trading spaces

Former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang has proposed that garbage collection in Bangkok be increased from twice to three or four times a day. On the campaign trail in Bangkok Noi…

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Campaign winners and losers in the race to become Bangkok governor 

The 31 candidates vying for the Bangkok governor’s post now have less than 50 days to impress the voters. But after examining their policies and campaigns, political observers believe they…

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Bangkok race’s biggest challenge

It normally begins with a “public forum” debate on pedestrians’ and ordinary citizens’ problems, but the city gubernatorial election usually ends up producing the outcome of a national political game….

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Winners and losers in ‘poster war’ for Bangkok governor election

Controversy has erupted over the size – and sheer proliferation – of campaign posters on Bangkok streets, as city governor hopefuls vie for voter attention ahead of the May 22…

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Mind the gap: Bangkok’s generational divide shaping governor election

Bangkok’s generation gap is set to play a big role when voters cast their ballots in the first governor election in nine years on May 22.  “We are going to…

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Analysts say Bangkok’s by-election will be a test of rival parties’ popularity with voters ahead of the election for Bangkok governor later this year.

Big preparations underway for Bangkok’s first governor, council elections in many years

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set aside about 343 million baht for the holding of the Bangkok gubernatorial and city councillor elections on May 22nd, the first such elections…

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Bangkok Governor quits post to join this year’s gubernatorial race

Non-elected Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang officially announced his resignation from the post today (Thursday), in order to contest the May 22nd Bangkok gubernatorial election as an independent candidate. He told…

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Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang faces tough choice – surrender post or fight election

Having served as Bangkok’s governor for six years by special appointment of the junta, Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang is now seriously considering whether to run in the upcoming gubernatorial election….

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Sakoltee Phattiyakul

Sakoltee Phattiyakul: From PDRC whistle-blower to next Bangkok governor?

Sakoltee Phattiyakul has become the fifth well-known figure to announce he will run in the Bangkok governor election, which will be held on May 22. The first city election since…

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This general view shows the Bangkok skyline, taken from the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper in Bangkok on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Your guide to the Bangkok council election and how it will shape city for next 4 years  

For the first time in 12 years, Bangkokians will vote for a new city council, at an election expected in May. While this local election may be overshadowed by the upcoming…

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A ballot box at a polling station for Bangkok governor on March 3, 2013. (Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP)

Bangkok governor election: Candidates, their policies, and the daunting tasks awaiting winner

Bangkok governor elections used to be held once every four years until the 2014 coup saw national and local votes suspended. Now, expectations are rising ahead of the first gubernatorial…

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Democrats defend Bangkok gubernatorial candidate as House panel probes his wealth

Former Democrat MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thepthai Senpong, has come to the defence of Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat, the Democrat party’s Bangkok gubernatorial candidate, after the House committee on prevention…

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Cabinet acknowledges plan for Bangkok governor election in May

The Thai cabinet acknowledged today (Tuesday) the Interior Ministry’s plan to hold the elections for Bangkok’s governor, city and district councillors in May, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam….

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Introducing Wiroj as the party’s Bangkok hopeful, Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat said no other potential candidate had “the party DNA” like him. (Photo by Move Forward Party Facebook page)

Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn: Bangkok governor candidate a bridge to Move Forward govt?

The opposition Move Forward Party has finally come up with a candidate for the Bangkok gubernatorial election expected in the next few months. For many party supporters, Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn is…

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The Democrat candidate has a strong chance according to one “loyalty” scenario.

‘Disruptor’ Suchatvee Suwansawat ready to shine his bright light on Bangkok

After decades of shining bright in Thailand’s engineering and educational sectors, Prof Dr Suchatvee Suwansawat is now ready to kick-start his political career. The academic is preparing to contest in…

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Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, founder of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, speaks during a press conference in Bangkok on January 21, 2021, after he was accused on Wednesday of contravening Thailand’s strict royal defamation lese majeste laws by posting a video criticising the government’s Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine strategy. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Progressive Movement blazes local trail for Move Forward’s national power push

The opposition party and pressure group that were resurrected from the disbanded Future Forward Party are setting their sights on different political targets — in a two-pronged move to win…

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Bangkok governor rejects tourism minister’s plan to reopen capital on Oct 15

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang declared on Friday that Thailand’s capital will not reopen to fully vaccinated and COVID-19 negative international arrivals on October 15th, as announced by Tourism and Sports…

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Bangkok governor checks readiness of hospital offering COVID-19 vaccination to elderly people

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang inspected the readiness of the hospital for the elderly in Bang Khun Thian district today (Thursday) ahead of providing COVID-19 vaccinations to elderly people, after the…

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A Thai man holding his child puts his ballot into a box at a polling station as residents vote for a new Bangkok governor in Thailand’s capital on March 3, 2013. Bangkok residents went to the polls to elect a governor in a to-the-wire fight for city hall which has re-opened Thailand’s festering political divisions.(Photo by PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP)

Ruling party risks split over candidate for Bangkok governor election 

Already hit by an anti-establishment uprising, Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharath Party is now facing a potential revolt from within as it chooses a candidate for the Bangkok governor election. Three…

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PM modifies Bangkok governor’s 7pm dine-in deadline to 9pm

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has adjusted the order of Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, mandating eateries in Bangkok to end dine-in service at 7pm, to allow customers to remain until 9pm….

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Aswin Kwanmuang, Bangkok Governor

Bangkok’s Governor slammed for indifference to Bangkok flood woes

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjakha has vented his frustration over what he alleges is Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang’s indifference to the suffering of the city’s residents due to flooding every time…

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Bangkok residents told not to travel outside the city and to at stay home

In light of the exponential surge in COVID-19 infections and the potential for increased transmission in upcountry provinces, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang today appealed to everyone, currently in Bangkok, not…

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Bangkok governor signs order closing entertainment venues in the capital

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang today invoked the Infectious Diseases Act to order the closure of boxing stadia, bars, pubs, massage parlours, saunas, cinemas and fitness clubs, effective tomorrow (Wednesday) for…

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Nine illegal trash trucks caught using City Hall’s incinerator

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang led city officials and police to prevent nine garbage trucks from Samut Sakhon province illegally dumping trash at the Nong Khaem incinerator on Thursday. The governor…

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BKK governor says he is ready for prison if corruption found in incinerator project

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced today (Wednesday) that he was willing to go to prison if it is proven that there is corruption in City Hall’s plan to build two…

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Bangkok hit with 100-160mm of rainfall, causing widespread flooding

Heavy rain doused Bangkok yesterday afternoon, pouring an average of 100mm of rainwater on the capital for more than two hours. The deluge caused widespread flooding and a rush hour…

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Bangkok governor leads sacred water drawing ceremony

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang today led city officials in a ceremony to draw water from a pond at the Haw Sastrakhom, a small building inside the Grand Palace.   The sacred water, which is regularly…

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