Chaithawat now officially leader of the parliamentary opposition

Move Forward party leader Chaithawat Tulathon officially became the Leader of the Opposition today, after receiving the royal command at a ceremony held in parliament. He knelt and wai’d to…

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Democrats cut ties with their 77-year past: what’s next for Thailand’s oldest party?

The Democrat Party has reached a crucial turning point in its 77-year history, having elected a new leader amid infighting that has sparked an exodus of senior figures. Chalermchai Srion,…

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Another veteran Democrat quits the party today

Former Democrat MP Sathit Wongnongtaey, who has won seven constituency elections in Trang province, has resigned from the party effective Monday, following in the footsteps of former party leader Abhisit…

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Chalermchai, the new Democrat party leader

Chalermchai Srion was elected the new Democrat Party leader today, pledging to rebuild party unity, lead the party forward and uphold the party’s principles and ideologies. He was the sole…

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Abhisit quits Democrat party

Former Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva announced his resignation from the party at its general meeting today, after he was nominated as a candidate for the party’s leadership by Chuan Leekpai….

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Watanya vows to fight on in Democrat party’s leadership race tomorrow

A candidate in the Democrat party leadership election tomorrow, Watanya Bunnag, has vowed to carry on with her candidacy, even following an announcement by 21 of the party’s MPs that…

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Democrat MPs to invite Chalermchai to helm the party

21 Democrat MPs agreed on Thursday to invite former party secretary-general Chalermchai Srion to take the party leader’s post, which has been vacant since Jurin Laksanawisit stepped down on the…

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Democrat upheaval: Tracing eight decades of ups and downs for Thailand’s oldest party

Democrat Party’s successes include winning a House majority, sweeping all MP seats in Bangkok, and leading several coalition governments. But the party – established on April 6, 1946 – has…

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“Madam Dear” announces candidacy for Democrat leadership

Watanya Bunnag, better known locally as “Madam Dear”, officially declared her candidacy today for Democrat party leader. The election is scheduled for December 9, to replace Jurin Laksanawisit who resigned…

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Chalermchai Srion: The man holding the keys to Democrat Party’s future

Democrat Party veteran Chalermchai Srion is now caretaker of the party’s top two posts – leader and secretary general – after Jurin Laksanawisit stepped down as acting Democrat chief. Both…

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Purple and Red Lines Losing Bt7.4m a Day Since Bt20 Fare Imposed

Operators of the Purple Line and Red Line suburban train services suffered a combined loss of Bt7.4 million per day between October 16 and November 14, after fares were capped at…

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Move Forward’s expulsion of Padipat slammed as shameful

The Move Forward party’s “sacking” of deputy House speaker Padipat Suntiphada from the party Thursday night has come under heavy criticism by Pheu Thai and Democrat party members, calling the…

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Ex-Democrat deputy leader Prinn sentenced to two years for sexual harassment

Former Democrat party deputy leader Prinn Panitchpakdi was sentenced to two years in prison today (Monday), after he was found guilty of sexually harassing an underage girl. The court acquitted…

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Opposition leader: The cog of Thai democracy that has shuddered to a halt

Thailand’s new prime minister and his Cabinet have officially begun work after delivering their policy statement in Parliament. However, the country will be deprived of an opposition leader for the…

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16 renegade Democrat MPs say they are still in the opposition camp

The 16 rebel Democrat MPs, who voted in support of Srettha Thavisin’s prime ministerial candidacy on Tuesday, insist that they are still with the opposition, unless they are invited to…

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Ex-Democrat deputy leader gets 32 months in prison for sexual abuse

Former Democrat party deputy leader Prinn Panitchpakdi has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison, after he was found guilty of sexually abusing an 18-year-old student at…

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Democrats want to know who they would be voting for as PM

The Democrat party wants to know who Pheu Thai’s nominee for prime minister will be before making a decision whether to vote for them. Acting party leader Jurin Laksanawisit said…

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Chuan says Democrats need a resolution to join Pheu Thai coalition

Former Democrat party leader Chuan Leekpai said today (Sunday) that the party must adopt a resolution, in accordance with the party’s regulations, if it wants to join the coalition led…

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Democrat party fails again to elect new leader and executive committee

The Democrats have again failed to elect a new party leader and executive committee at a general meeting today (Sunday), as they lacked a quorum. It is the second failed…

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Democrats fail to elect a new leader due to lack of a quorum

The extraordinary general meeting of the Democrat party, called to elect a new party leader and executive board today (Sunday), was abruptly adjourned after the meeting was found to lack…

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Palang Pracharath candidate sues two senior Democrats for slander

Palang Pracharath’s Thawee Suraban filed complaints with Election Commission (EC) on Friday against two Democrats, Chuan Leekpai and Sathit Wongnongtaey, accusing them of defaming him during their election campaigns. Thawee’s…

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Abhisit may return as leader of the Democrat Party

Former Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva should return to the helm after Jurin Laksanawisit resigned to take responsibility for the party’s losses in the general election, according to deputy leader…

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Jurin quits as Democrat party leader

Jurin Laksanawisit has resigned as leader of the Democrat party to take responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the May 14th general election. In his Line message to Democrat…

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Parties wind up campaigns in Bangkok on Friday with pleas for support

Major and mid-sized parties wound-up their general election campaigns in Bangkok on Friday evening with pleas from their prime ministerial candidates to vote them into power. At the Queen Sirikit…

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Thailand’s Election Commission allots free air time for party political broadcasts

The Election Commission (EC) has allocated free air time on state-run radio and television stations for political parties which won House seats in the last election to proclaim their achievements….

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Poll shows Pheu Thai Party stands best chance of forming next government

Opposition Pheu Thai is the party with the best chance offorming the next government, followed by the Move Forward and the Palang Pracharath parties, according to a poll by the…

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Thai PM urged to reconsider decriminalisation of cannabis

A rift between two coalition parties, Democrat and Bhumjaithai, widened when a group of Democrat MPs called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Thursday) to reconsider the decriminalisation of cannabis….

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Democrat disarray: What’s behind the dramatic decline of Thailand’s oldest party?

The Democrat Party’s ongoing dramatic decline is down to the hierarchical structure and culture of seniority in the country’s oldest political outfit, say analysts, who warn that only radical reform…

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Trairong Suwankiri: Team Prayut’s secret weapon for the next election

Trairong Suwankiri’s recent appointment as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s advisor has been hailed as a potential game-changer for the PM’s political future. The veteran politician’s surprise appointment on November 9…

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Democrat Party hit with another major defection

The Democrat Party, Thailand’s oldest political party, has been dealt another blow with the resignation of one of its most senior members Trairong Suwankiri on Thursday. Trairong, an advisor of the…

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Prinn reports to police following more sexual assault allegations

Former Democrat deputy leader Prinn Panitchpakdi reported to Huai Khwang police this morning (Thursday) to acknowledge another allegation of sexual assault, in Thailand’s biggest #MeToo case to date. Prinn acknowledged…

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Jurin Laksanawisit: Democrat leader struggling to keep storm-hit party afloat

The “Prinn effect” has left the coalition Democrat Party at one of the lowest ebbs in its 76-year history and its eighth leader, Jurin Laksanawisit, in political hot water.  Multiple…

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Two more Democrat members quit amid sex assault scandal

Two more Democrat Party members have issued their resignations, one from the party’s executive committee, and the other from the party, amid the sex abuse scandal in which former party deputy…

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More setbacks for Thailand’s Democrat party following another resignation

The Democrat party has been dealt more setbacks as an executive committee member, Mallika Boonmeetrakool Mahasook, quit the committee today (Monday), following in the footsteps of Dr. Kanok Wongtrangan, who…

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Another Thai Democrat party deputy leader quits over ongoing sexual assault scandal

Thailand’s oldest political party, the Democrats, has seen yet another resignation of a senior member over the sexual abuse scandal, in which Prinn Panitchpakdi, a former deputy leader, is allegedly…

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Veteran politician quits Democrat over sexual assault scandal

Former Democrat Party deputy leader Vittaya Kaewparadai resigned from the party today (Friday), with a parting warning to the executive committee that the sex assault scandal in which Prinn Panitchpakdi…

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Thailand grapples with old trouble presenting itself in new era

Reporters being tumultuously curious about Jurin Laksanavisit’s and the Democrat Party’s future tells a lot about where the country is heading when sexual harassment and domestic violence are concerned. The…

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Democrat party leader offers public apology over sexual abuse controversy

Deputy Prime Minister and Democrat Party Leader Jurin Laksanawisit offered a public apology this morning (Tuesday) over the sexual abuse scandal implicating its former deputy leader, Prinn Panitchpakdi, and announced…

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Feminists rally at Democrat party HQ over Thailand’s high profile #MeToo case

Representatives of several Thai feminist groups held a demonstration in front of the Democrat party headquarters this morning (Monday), to protest against a series of alleged sexual assaults in Thailand’s…

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Setback for Thailand’s Democrat Party as key legal expert resigns

The Democrat Party has suffered a setback as its former legal team chief and veteran politician, Tawil Praisont, quits to join the opposition Move Forward Party. Democrat Party’s Spokesman Ramet…

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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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Thai PM urges coalition parties to bury the hatchet now by-elections are over

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has appealed to members of coalition parties to bury the hatchet now that Sunday’s by-elections in Songkhla and Chumphon provinces are over, said Government Spokesman Thanakorn…

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Government parties battle for Songkhla and Chumphon House seats in Sunday by-elections

The Democrat and Palang Pracharat parties have been engaging in a fierce war of words over two vacant parliamentary seats, both up for grabs in by-elections in Songkhla’s Constituency 6…

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Democrats formally nominate Dr. Suchatvee for Bangkok gubernatorial election

The Democrat Party’s executive committee today (Monday) unanimously nominated Prof. Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat, former rector of King Mongkut Institute of Technology’s Lat Krabang campus, as its sole candidate to run…

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Ex-KMITL rector tipped to enter Bangkok gubernatorial race

Former rector of King Mongkut Institute of Technology’s Lat Krabang campus, Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat, is tipped to be the Democrat Party’s candidate in the Bangkok gubernatorial election early next year….

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Veteran member Nipit Intharasombat quits Democrat party

After 29 years with the Democrats, Thailand’s oldest political party, Nipit Intharasombat, the party’s deputy leader and eight-term former MP for Phatthalung province, has decided to call it quits, effective…

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Democrat Party MP Jurin Laksanavisit.

Democrat leader proposes Constitutional Court ruling to end conflict over charter amendments bill

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit has proposed that parliament seeks a ruling from the Constitutional Court about the validity of the constitutional amendments bill, due for its third-reading and vote,…

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Democrats to ask Palang Pracharat not to contest Nakhon Si Thammarat Constituency 3 by-election

Thailand’s Democrat Party is hoping that the Palang Pracharat party, its coalition partner in the government, will keep to the tradition of not fielding a candidate in the by-election in…

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Democrat party proposes meeting of all whips to settle charter changes differences

Thailand’s Democrat party has proposed that the Government, Opposition and Senate chief whips meet to discuss constitutional amendments, before the issue is debated in a joint session of Parliament.  …

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Democrat party hits back at Progressive Movement’s laser messages

Thailand’s Democrat party has accused the Progressive Movement of distorting facts about the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in Bangkok by the government of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva a decade…

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PM unperturbed by call for Democrat to pull out of coalition

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has shrugged off the calls, by some members for the Democrat party, to pull the party out of the government coalition, saying “Let them pull out.”…

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Korn leaves Democrat party after 15 years

After 15 years with the Democrat party, former finance minister and party-list MP Korn Chatikavanij has resigned his membership, reportedly because his role in the party’s economic team has been…

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Democrats want a House panel to study amendments to the Constitution

A group of Democrat MPs has submitted a motion to the House of Representatives calling for the establishment of an extraordinary House committee to study problems with the 2017 Constitution…

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Economy, charter changes, graft to test Democrat-Palang Pracharat ties

This week’s introduction of the Democrat Party’s “Avengers” team was not just a PR stunt by a reeling political camp seeking to capitalize on a big movie hype. It was…

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In his view: former MP candidate of the Democrat party Parit Wacharasindhu

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Democrat party’s cabinet list completed

The Democrat party’s executive committee and MPs have reached a final agreement on its cabinet list, with a late-night shuffling of seats among the seven would-be ministers. Party spokesman Ramet…

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Democrat MP warns Palang Pracharat to keep its promise… or else

Democrat MP for Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thepthai Senpong, advised the Palang Pracharat party on Sunday to honor the promise it made to the Democrat party over…

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Palang Pracharat warned government in trouble if cabinet seat promises not kept

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit said today he believes the Palang Pracharat party will keep its promise over cabinet seats to be allocated to the Democrats, whereas Thepthai Senpong, a…

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Democrats set constitutional change as condition for joining Palang Pracharat coalition

The Democrat party has set constitutional amendments as conditions for joining the Palang Pracharat-led coalition, party spokesman Ramet Rattanachaweng said today.  Prime Minister Prayut has indicated his acceptance of the…

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Democrat party formally invited to join Palang Pracharat coalition

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party’s invitation to the Democrats was extended by party leader Uttama Savanayana and core party members, namely Somsak Thepsuthin, Suriya Juangroongruangkit and party secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong,…

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Democrat party opposes EC’s party-list seat calculation method

The Democrat party has joined two other political parties in voicing their objection to the Election Commission’s formula used in the calculation of party-list seat allocation to parties contesting the…

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Democrat, Future Forward claim victory in Nakhon Pathom recount

Both the Democrat and Future Forward parties are claiming victory in an vote recount in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency One. The Future Forward party claimed that its young candidate, Ms. Sawika…

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Korn in mid of Democrats’ “soul-searching”

Because of his height and good look, Korn Chatikavanij is an outstanding man. In politics, though, he is the sort of men who let many people, including those less qualified,…

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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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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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In fight for Democrat leadership, Warong vows to introduce “welfare democracy”

Warong Dechgitvigrom, a candidate in  the Democrat Party’s leadership race, said if he becomes the party leader, he will replace the party’s liberal democracy ideology with a new concept of…

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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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