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Chaichanok Chidchob: Heir of political ‘kingmaker’ Newin stakes claim in Bhumjaithai

The resignation of Saksayam Chidchob, brother of political heavyweight Newin Chidchob, as secretary-general of the coalition Bhumjaithai Party has triggered upheaval in its executive board and the appointment of his…

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Chontida Asavahame: The young politician on a mission to revive political dynasty

Chontida “Pleng” Asavahame gave up her chance to become Thailand’s youngest party-list MP in January, instead taking on the tough mission of reviving her family’s fortunes in local politics. At…

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Patriotism or control? Thai government’s human-resource push gets pushback

About 6.5 million Thais will soon be getting lessons in patriotism and love of the monarchy via four key government ministries. Led by Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, a memo of…

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EC probe sought into deputy speaker’s ouster from Move Forward party

A former Bhumjaithai MP has asked the Election Commission (EC) to look into what he called the “questionable expulsion” of Padipat Suntiphada from the Move Forward party. Supachai Jaismut revealed…

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Is Thailand’s education system safe in the hands of Bhumjaithai Party?

With a retired policeman at the helm of the Education Ministry, teachers and educators can only hope that Thailand’s education sector does not decline further under the new government. “I…

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Prime minister’s most complicated, treacherous and unenviable task

Tough as they were, the jobs of Prayut Chan-o-cha, Yingluck Shinawatra, Abhisit Vejjajiva appeared straightforward. And it would have been the same for Pita Limjaroenrat if he had been named…

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Eleven parties agree to form government, with Srettha as PM

Pheu Thai party leader Cholnan Srikaew announced today (Monday) a coalition of 11 parties, to form a new government for Thailand, commanding a total of 314 seats in the House…

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Car mob protest expected in Bangkok on Sunday

The Metropolitan Police are warning of traffic congestion on Sunday afternoon, caused by a car mob protest. The protesters will gather at Mo Chit sky train station at 2pm, before…

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Pheu Thai closing in on a House majority, Senate an open question

Pheu Thai appears to be getting close to commanding a majority in Thailand’s 500-seat House of Representatives House. Pheu Thai gained momentum when the Bhumjaithai party, of Anutin Charnvirakul, which…

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Pheu Thai cruising toward power, but at what price?

Voters are now watching how the Pheu Thai Party goes about forming the new government after it parted ways with election-winner Move Forward, courted several conservative parties including Bhumjaithai, United…

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Chartthaipattana joins Pheu Thai coalition

Chartthaipattana has become the latest party to join the Pheu Thai-led coalition, its leader Varawut Silpa-archa announced today (Thursday). The number of House seats in the 9-party coalition is now…

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Plung Sungkom Mai to join Pheu Thai-Bhumjaithai coalition

Plung Sungkom Mai leader Chaowarit Kajornpongkirati said today (Wednesday) that his party will join a government with Pheu Thai and Bhumjaithai at the core. He confirmed that he has already…

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Pheu Thai and Bhumjaithai announce deal to form government

The Pheu Thai and Bhumjaithai parties announced today (Monday) that they are joining hands to become the core in forming a new government. Together the parties have 212 House seats…

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Pheu Thai and Bhumjaithai to hold joint press conference

Pheu Thai and Bhumjaithai parties will hold a joint press conference at 4.30pm today concerning formation of the government. Pheu Thai attempting to form the government after Move Forward failed…

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Sita’s claim about Bhumjaithai party is false : spokesman

A claim by Thai Sang Thai’s secretary general that Bhumjaithai called Move Forward and asked to join Move Forward’s coalition is untrue, Bhumjaithai spokesman Paradorn Prissananantakul said on Wednesday. He…

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Pheu Thai and United Thai Nation parties meet seeking a solution to political stalemate

Core members of the United Thai Nation party, led by party leader Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, met with their counterparts from the Pheu Thai party at the Pheu Thai head office this…

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Pheu Thai seeks support from Bhumjaithai, which has reservations about Move Forward

The Bhumjaithai party has informed the Pheu Thai party that it cannot join the coalition in their bid to form a government with the Move Forward party still part of…

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Pheu Thai launches charm offensive for support for PM candidate

Pheu Thai Party, entrusted with forming the post-election coalition by its political allies, will today meet with two political parties in the outgoing Prayut administration to seek their support for…

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Chada Thaised: Ferocious opponent of Pita’s PM bid has a dark and violence-racked history

Bhumjaithai MP Chada Thaised stole the limelight from Thailand’s top PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat during the joint parliamentary meeting to elect a new prime minister on Thursday. Chada’s fiery speech…

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General election vote recount at 47 polling stations this Sunday

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has ordered a recount of the votes cast at 47 polling stations, after it was discovered that the number of ballots cast in the May 14th…

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Narcotic or not? Thailand’s cannabis industry in the balance as parties battle it out ahead of polls

The fate of Thailand’s cannabis industry may hang on who wins the upcoming general election. Several parties are keen to undo the herb’s decriminalization that went into full effect in…

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Parties line up to woo Bangkok voters in the biggest battle of Thai election

Bangkok has become a bigger target for political parties campaigning for the upcoming election as it now offers more MP seats. After redrawing of boundaries, the number of constituency seats…

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Newin Chidchob is viewed as the party’s patriarch. Party leader Anutin and other Bhumjaithai politicians often refer to him as “Khru Yai” or the headmaster.(Photo by Buriram United)

Newin Chidchob: The kingmaker of Thai politics returns as election looms

Although officially out of politics, Newin Chidchob appears to be playing the role of kingmaker for prime ministerial candidate Anutin Charnvirakul from the coalition Bhumjaithai Party. Newin took the same…

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Buri Ram holds Thailand’s first major cannabis exhibition

Public Health Minister and Leader of Bhumjaithai Party Anutin Charnvirakul officiated at the opening of a cannabis exhibition today (Friday), at the Buriram International Circuit in the north-eastern province, to…

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Bhumjaithai MP Samlee Raksuthee stripped of MP status by Charter Court

Thailand’s Constitutional Court revoked the parliamentary status of Bhumjaithai party-list MP Samlee Raksuthee today (Wednesday), retroactive to March 24th 2019, after finding him unqualified to contest the election in the…

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Anutin claims two sacked Palang Pracharath MPs joined Bhumjaithai willingly

Anutin claims two sacked Palang Pracharath MPs joined Bhumjaithai willingly

Thailand’s Public Health Minister and Bhumjaithai Party Leader Anutin Charnvirakul maintained today (Tuesday) that Ekkarat Changlao and his son Wattana, both former MPs of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party and…

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Bhumjaithai leader says party has no problem with government

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul insists that his Bhumjaithai party’s relationship with the government remains good and problem-free, despite their differences over the extension of the concession contract for…

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Skytrain concession extension put on hold following Bhumjaithai’s no-show

The cabinet has put on hold the Interior Ministry’s proposed 30-year extension of the concession contract of the BTS Skytrain Green Line system, between the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the…

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Sacked Pheu Thai MP, fellow ex-party member join Bhumjaithai party

Sacked Pheu Thai MP for Pathum Thani province, Pornpimon Thammasarn, and a former Pheu Thai MP for Ubon Ratchathani province, Sombat Rattano, officially applied to join the Bhumjaithai party, the…

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PM asked to review appointment of army general to take charge of pandemic in south

Bhumjaithai party-list MP Suphachai Jaismut has asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to review his order appointing one of his advisors, General Nattaphon Narkphanit, to take charge of a new command…

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Pheu Thai party sacks two dissident MPs

The opposition Pheu Thai party decided to sack two dissident MPs, Sarunvuth Sarunkate, of Uttaradit province, and Pornpimon Thammasarn, of Pathum Thani province, for defying the party whip to vote…

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Protesters led by “Pai Dao Din” call for parties to leave government coalition

Anti-government protesters, who call themselves the “Talu Fah” group, gathered in front of Bhumjaithai party’s head office in Bangkok today (Friday), demanding that the party withdraw from the coalition government….

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Three government parties submit constitutional amendment drafts, limit to senate power sought

Three government coalition parties, Democrat, Bhumjaithai and Chart Thai Pattana, have submitted eight draft constitutional amendments to Thailand’s House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, only hours after the Opposition submitted five of…

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Cabinet lists from all coalition parties now in PM’s hands

All the coalition parties, as well as the core party Palang Pracharat, have submitted their cabinet lists to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for consideration. Sources close to Palang Pracharat said…

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Pheu Thai turns to Thaksin’s son to woo Democrats and Bhumjaithai

With time running out, and desperate to form a majority pro-democracy government, the Pheu Thai party has resorted to enlisting the help of Mr. Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of…

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Bhumjaithai will not vote for Prayut’s PM nomination if Palang Pracharat get fewer than 251 votes – Anutin

The Bhumjaithai party has made clear that it will not support General Prayut Chan-o-cha as the next prime minister if the Palang Pracharat-led coalition alliance does not control at least…

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