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Parliament debates marriage equality bills

Four marriage equality bills, separately proposed by the government, the opposition and a people’s network, were debated in the House of Representatives today, as supporters of the right to same-sex…

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Watanya disassociates from new Democrat leadership but does not quit

Watanya Bunnag, who failed in her bid to take the helm of Democrat party last Saturday, because she was unqualified, said today that she is disassociating herself from the new…

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Mallika Boonmeetrakool Mahasook

Former Democrat MP Mallika quits party

Former Democrat party-list MP and party executive member Mallika Boonmeetrakool Mahasook has announced her resignation from the party, to spend more time in private and on her foundation, Mallika for…

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Will govt policy to cut train fares by 50% spark Bangkok renaissance?

Ruling party Pheu Thai has promised to honor its election policy by capping Bangkok city train fares at 20 baht. If Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit gets his way, the fare…

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Former PM Chuan Leekpai

Chuan explains why he voted against Srettha for PM

Former prime minister Chuan Leekpai said that he did not endorse premiers PM Srettha Thavisin’s premiership because he comes from a party which discriminated against southern people. Speaking in parliament…

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Srettha hit with plenty of brickbats for “directionless” policy

Thai politicians are known for their gesture politics which was in full display during the first day of parliamentary debate on the Srettha government’s policy statement on Monday. They took…

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Pongsathon Sonpechnarintr, Move Forward candidate for Rayong by-election

EC endorses Move Forward candidate’s qualifications ahead of Rayong by-election

Election Commission (EC) has confirmed that Pongsathon Sonpechnarintr, the Move Forward party candidate running in the by-election in Constituency 3 of Rayong province, is qualified to contest the poll this…

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Former Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva

Most disagree with Democrats joining Pheu Thai-led coalition: Nida Poll

Most respondents to a recent NIDA Poll disagree with the Democrat party joining the coalition led by the Pheu Thai party and most of them want Abhisit Vejjajiva to be…

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Pheu Thai explains why the Democrats were not invited for talks

Democrat party has not been invited for talks with Pheu Thai on the formation of the next government because the Democrats do not currently have a party leader or secretary-general,…

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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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Potential coalition formulae for the new Thai government

As no party is likely to win an absolute majority in the 500-member House of Representatives, a new coalition government will need to be formed and there are some potential…

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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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Former Democrat MP jailed for 2 years for electoral fraud

The Supreme Court has upheld the two-year prison sentence, imposed by two lower courts, on former Democrat MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thepthai Senpong, after finding him guilty of…

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Democrat defections: Thailand’s oldest party faces existential crisis as election looms

The coalition Democrat Party has seen several high-profile defections over recent weeks, as politicians prepare for the next general election. In fact, the phenomenon dubbed “Democrat bleeding” by the media…

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Former deputy prime minister Bhichai Rattakul dies of cancer aged 96

Former Deputy Prime Minister and former leader of Thailand’s Democrat party Bhichai Rattakul died of lung cancer today (Monday) at Siriraj Hospital. He was 96. He is survived by his…

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Opinion – Biden’s second year could be worse

For the Asia region, it is better to look ahead to the second year of the Biden administration. A review of the past 12 months is unlikely to bring cheer…

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Unofficial results show Democrat party winning in two southern by-elections

Thailand’s Democrat party has beaten off a forceful challenge from its coalition government partner, the Palang Pracharat party, in by-elections in Songkhla and Chumphon provinces on Sunday. The Democrat party’s…

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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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Virabongsa Ramangkura during a plenary session of the CEO Forum at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, 06 November 2003.

Obituary: Virabongsa: a trusted pilot of Thailand’s economy

The news of the demise of eminent economist Virabongsa Ramangkura on November 7 was received with a deep sense of loss across the country. Numerous Facebook pages were filled with condolences. Virabongsa…

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Can Democrats crawl their way back?

Thailand’s oldest political party had been there before. By that, before the catastrophic last general election, the Democrats had gone through all kinds of lows, be it devastating insurrection, disastrous…

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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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Anwar Salaeh, the Democrat fighting for party’s return to anti-authoritarian roots    

While for outsiders Anwar Salaeh is a rebel MP, most of his fellow Democrats consider him a black sheep for his role as an opponent of both his party and…

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Thanathorn says Future Forward by-election win in Nakhon Pathom will be the beginning of the end of this government

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said today that, if the opposition bloc wins the by-election in Constituency 5 of Nakhon Pathom on October 23rd, it will be the first…

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Exclusive interview with Prinn Panitchpakdi leading new economy team of Democrat

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Former MP candidate of the Democrat party, Parit Wacharasindhu, after he called it quits

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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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Future Forward demands election re-run in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency One

The Future Forward party has called for an election re-run in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency One due to the flip-flopping on vote count results causing public confusion and rendering the election…

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Democrats unveil ten policies to make Bangkok livable, clean, safe

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva today presented ten policies to upgrade the livelihood of the people in Bangkok by making the city “livable, beautiful, clean, safe and with opportunities”. He…

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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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Now, the hard part for Abhisit

I don’t like Thaksin Shinawatra, so which party should I vote for — Democrat or Palang Pracharat? It’s the answer to this question that will determine the future of Thailand’s…

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Pheu Thai reportedly courts Democrat to form alliance against Gen Prayut

In a bid to block Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s comeback after the  general election, Pheu Thai Party has approached its erstwhile political rival,  the Democrat Party, with the possibility of…

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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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