Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Potjaman Damapong at a mass pro-government rally in Bangkok on 03 March 2006. (Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP)

Potjaman, Paetongtarn and Thaksin: the power triangle behind Pheu Thai

Khunying Potjaman Damapong’s rare appearance at a Pheu Thai Party rally on September 10 was viewed as symbolic for a woman believed to be the party’s de-facto chief. Her ex-husband,…

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Is Gen Prawit maneuvering to become Thailand’s next PM?

Since his very first day as acting prime minister, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has aroused suspicion that he intends to take the post from the current holder. General Prayut Chan-o-cha was…

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EC – Next election may not be held according to amended charter if House is dissolved too soon

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) will not have the legal authority to hold the next general election under the amended Constitution, which divides the country into 400 constituencies, if the House…

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Verdict on Prayut’s tenure in 30 days soonest

The nature of the decision by the constitutional court last Wednesday might have been unexpected for many people, as it ordered Prayut Chan-o-cha to cease performing his duties as prime…

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Does court ruling signal the end of PM Prayut’s time in power? 

Now that the court has suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from duty after agreeing to rule on his eight-year term limit, an important question arises: What next? The Constitutional Court’s…

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Now, is Pheu Thai landslide possible?

The answer depends primarily on two factors. The first one is quite ironic considering the Palang Pracharath “conspiracy theory”, which is doing the rounds and not for the first time….

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Prayut and his brothers-in-arms plot path back to power after election

New political parties are being launched to extend the rule of the so-called “3Ps” – generals Prayut, Prawit and “Pock” – after the next election, say political analysts. Ruamthai Sarngchart…

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Electoral law amendment bill doomed as joint sitting of parliament lacks quorum

The bill to amend the organic law on the election of MPs, which seeks to return to using 500 seats as the basis for the calculation of party-list seats in…

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Three scenarios for destruction of ‘doomed’ election formula

The draft bill to amend the electoral law – which saw a last-minute change in the calculation method for party-list MPs – now seems to be doomed. The joint Parliament…

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Pheu Thai to seek NACC probe over party-list seat calculation change

Thailand’s main opposition party Pheu Thai is planning to ask the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate the conduct of senators and MPs who vote in favour of amending the…

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Religious beliefs and political participation in US politics

From the Catholic voting bloc to American evangelicalism and progressive atheists, the groups are prone to being generalized as a distinctive bloc with a particular approach to politics. At a…

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100 or 500: How seat calculation method could decide Thai election winner

Thaksin Shinawatra’s recent boast that his proxy party Pheu Thai could win by a landslide at the next general election, expected early next year, seems to have scared leaders in…

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Thai parliament opts for different numbers for constituency and party ballots

Wednesday’s joint session of parliament rejected, by 341:150 votes with five abstentions, the proposal of the minority faction of House scrutiny committee for constituency and party ballots to be assigned…

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Spirit of 1932 Revolution still the guiding light in Thai quest for true democracy

The overwhelming victory of Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt in the recent gubernatorial election has come as a breath of fresh air on the national political landscape, as voters are now…

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Does Thammanat Prompao still have power to change course of Thai politics? 

Thammanat Prompao has become a party leader for the first time in his career — a crowning success for any politician. However, analysts say his recent rise to head the…

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‘We Love Pattaya’ candidate wins Pattaya mayoral election

Poramase Ngampiches of the “We Love Pattaya group” has won the Pattaya mayoral election, according to the unofficial results from fresh elections held yesterday (Sunday) at two polling stations, following a…

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Balance of power in Bangkok shifts to liberals as national poll looms

Vote tallies from the recent Bangkok Council elections show that support for the liberal camp is growing at the expense of the conservatives in the capital. If the Election Commission…

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Deeper look into City Assembly votes

The Pheu Thai Party has a strong cause for celebration. Move Forward, if it wants to celebrate as well, must do so cautiously. The Democrats still have their work cut…

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Chadchart officially becomes Bangkok’s new Governor

Chadchart Sittipunt officially became the next Bangkok Governor today (Tuesday) at 3pm, after the Election Commission (EC) finally certified the results of the Bangkok gubernatorial election, which the independent candidate…

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Formal Bangkok gubernatorial election result delayed until Tuesday

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to postpone the endorsement of the official result of the Bangkok gubernatorial election until tomorrow (Tuesday), pending an investigation into the unofficial winner Chadchart…

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Calls for the right to elect governors in other provinces across the country have grown amid the immense media focus on the Bangkok gubernatorial race. (Photo by Kiratikorn Naksompop Blauw)

Bangkok poll triggers national wave of demand for local democracy

The 2022 Bangkok gubernatorial election, which saw independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt win by a landslide, looks set to change Thailand’s politics in a big way. Its impacts are now being…

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Bangkok elections a harbinger of Prayut’s downfall?

Chadchart Sittipunt’s landslide victory at last Sunday’s governor election — with more than 1.38 million votes or over 50 percent of all ballots cast — was viewed by many as…

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Chadchart, opinion polls and the perils of political prediction in Thailand

Opinion surveys of voters before elections have been a commonplace occurrence in Thailand for years, yet their findings are often a poor guide to the actual vote results. In fact,…

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Bangkok Governor-elect Chadchart begins his day jogging in Lumpini Park

Chadchart Sittipunt, the winner of the 2022 Bangkok gubernatorial election, according to unofficial results which show him attracting a record-high of over 1.38 million votes, began his first day as…

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Over 167,000 officials, volunteers to support Bangkok’s elections this Sunday

More than 167,000 officials will be deployed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) at 6,817 polling stations, 50 district offices and City Hall this Sunday to ensure smooth, safe 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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Former Bangkok governor says flooding in several areas have been solved

Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (Wednesday) that he has already solved the flood problems in 15 areas of the capital and would address the problems in the remaining…

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Court overrules disqualification of Kraidaj Bunnag as Bangkok gubernatorial candidate

The Central Administrative Court has overruled, on the grounds that it may not be legal, an order by the Election and Bangkok Election commissions, disqualifying candidate Kraidaj Bunnag from standing…

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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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Bangkok gubernatorial debate held ahead of Sunday’s elections

As voting in the first Bangkok gubernatorial election in nine years will take place on May 22nd, Thai PBS hosted a debate on Monday in which five key candidates took…

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No more report on opinion poll results allowed until after Bangkok local elections

Opinion pollsters and the media are barred from disclosing opinion poll results related to Bangkok’s gubernatorial and council elections from now until the actual polls close at 5 pm on…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates Chadchart, Suchatvee get most positive traffic on social media

Former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, Democrat candidate Suchatvee Suwansawat and former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt are the three Bangkok gubernatorial candidates most mentioned on social media, according to a poll…

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Second candidate disqualified in Bangkok gubernatorial election

A second candidate in the upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election, Sarawut Benchakul, who ran as an independent, has been disqualified, following his dismissal from a state office over alleged corruption, according…

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A woman checks the Bangkok Follow up website, one of the tools created by King Prajadhipok Institute (KPI) to enhance voters’ involvement in the upcoming poll.

From vote-counts to matchmaking – 4 innovations boosting voter participation in Bangkok election

Excitement is rising as around 4.4 million Bangkok voters prepare to cast their ballots in the first gubernatorial election for almost 10 years. But this time, their participation in the…

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Bangkokians want new governor to prioritise transport, traffic problems

Most people in Bangkok want their new governor to tackle public transport and traffic problems as a priority, while independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt still leads in the latest opinion poll,…

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Floods, pollution and cultural tourism addressed by Bangkok’s gubernatorial candidates

Bangkok gubernatorial election candidates Chadchart Sittipunt and the Democrat Party’s Suchatvee Suwansawat have been proposing solutions to environmental issues faced by the capital, such as flooding and PM2.5 pollution, less than…

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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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In 1971, Phra Nakhon was merged with Thon Buri province on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to form Krungthep Maha Nakhon, now the capital’s official name. (Photo by Waranont (Joe))

5 decades of governor elections that have shaped modern Bangkok

Bangkokians choose their next governor on May 22, the latest episode in 50 years of administration that has shaped the world capital that we know today. Here, Thai PBS World reviews highlights…

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Chadchart to focus on Bangkok’s undecided voters, Aswin to increase fire stations

Independent candidates in Bangkok’s gubernatorial election, Chadchart Sittipunt and former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, are ramping up their campaigns, nearly two weeks ahead of the highly anticipated election, with the former…

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Supporters of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and his running mate Sara Duterte, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, wave flags during a campaign rally in Paranaque City, suburban Manila on May 7, 2022, days ahead of the May 9 presidential election. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Marcos Jr eyes landslide as Philippines votes for new president

Batac City (AFP) – Millions of Filipinos thronged primary schools and other polling stations Monday to elect a new president, with the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos the favourite to win…

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Young candidates woo voters with fresh ideas in Bangkok council race

Although many candidates for the Bangkok Council election are familiar old faces, fresh talent has also surfaced for voters keen to see what the new generation has to offer. Nitikorn…

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Bangkok race: How pollsters got it all wrong in 2013

Some nine years ago, both popularity and exit polls pointed towards one outcome. The Pheu Thai Party’s city gubernatorial candidate, Pongsapat Pongcharoen, would win comfortably, if not by a landslide,…

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Gubernatorial candidates woo Bangkok voters with plans to improve health services

Two candidates for Bangkok governor have promised better access to improved health services, in their bid to woo voters, during their campaigning today (Tuesday). Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, who…

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Chadchart Sittipunt still leads in latest Bangkok election polls

Independent candidate in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt, is still leading in the latest surveys by Suan Dusit Poll and NIDA Poll. According to the Suan…

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Key points learned from Thammasat poll

Bangkok gubernatorial election made a big mockery of pollsters in 2013, when they expected M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra to lose heavily, only for him to win his second term with the…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates float idea of more public boat transport

Key gubernatorial candidates examined express boat services in the capital today (Thursday) and met with residents, as they proposed policies to improve the livelihoods of people living along the canals,…

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Olympic boxing gold medalist Somrak joins Palang Pracharath party

Thai Olympic boxing gold medallist Somrak Khamsing is among 22 election candidates selected to run in north-eastern provinces, as announced today (Wednesday) by the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP). Party secretary-general…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates continue to campaign on Wednesday

Three top candidates for Bangkok Governor continued their campaigns in temples and at fresh markets today (Wednesday), ahead of the gubernatorial elections on May 22nd. Independent candidate, Chadchart Sittipunt, along…

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A second chance for Macron and France

The victory of incumbent French president Emmanuel Macron offers both him and his country a second chance to do the right things. Macron has already admitted that his next five…

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France’s Macron, Le Pen in final quest for votes after fiery debate

Paris (AFP) – French leader Emmanuel Macron and far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Thursday made a final push for votes in France’s working-class heartlands after a pre-election debate from which…

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Bangkok opens 15 venues for gubernatorial election campaign rallies

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is opening 15 public venues, including parks and sport centres, for candidates running in the forthcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election to stage their election campaign rallies, said…

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No vote but strong opinions: Bangkok expats ponder governor election

Most expatriates in Bangkok have no right to vote in the May 22 gubernatorial election, yet the outcome affects their everyday lives just as much as those of other residents….

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Democrat gubernatorial candidate believes Bangkok voters will not let sex scandal influence voting

A Democrat party candidate in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat, said today (Saturday) that he believes Bangkok voters will be able separate the sexual harassment accusations, made against…

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A screen shows French President Emmanuel Macron and centrist candidate for reelection and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen at her election day headquarters, in Paris, Sunday, April 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

In France, it’s Macron vs. Le Pen, again, for presidency

PARIS (AP) — Incumbent Emmanuel Macron will face far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen in a winner-takes-all runoff for the French presidency, after they both advanced Sunday in the first round…

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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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Candidates flock to register for Bangkok’s gubernatorial election on Thursday

Candidates in Bangkok gubernatorial election on May 22nd turned up in force, with their supporters, at City Hall 2 in Din Daeng this morning (Thursday), to register their candidacy and…

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Parliamentary panel votes for separate numbers in election ballots

The Joint Senate-House Committee considering the election law voted by 32 to 14 today (Wednesday) in favour of designating different ballot numbers for the constituency candidates and parties in the…

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Why candidate numbering could have a big impact on Thailand’s next general election

Lawmakers amended the Constitution last year to restore the two-ballot system for the next general election — one ballot to vote for constituency MPs and the other to vote for political parties….

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Octavio Jones/File Photo

Donald Trump sues Hillary Clinton over 2016 Russian collusion allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump on Thursday sued his rival in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton, and several other Democrats, alleging that they tried to rig that election by tying his campaign to Russia. The lawsuit covers a long…

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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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Treacherous path of Paetongtarn

A Facebook post by an anti-government activist may have gone largely unnoticed but it asks a highly-relevant question: What does the political rise of Thaksin Shinawatra’s youngest daughter say about…

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Allies and substitute parties boost PM Prayut’s chance of another term

Even though Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has not yet said if he will seek another term in office, new political parties have formed with the core purpose of helping him…

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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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Tide of change threatens Khunpluem dynasty’s dominance in Pattaya elections

A political dynasty’s decades-long dominance of politics in Chon Buri province will be threatened by strong challenges at the upcoming Pattaya mayoral election on May 22, analysts say. The Khunpluem…

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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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Local elections in Bangkok, Pattaya set for May 22

After nine years without a local election in Bangkok, voters will have an opportunity to choose their governor and 50 councillors, representing the city’s 50 districts, on Sunday May 22nd,…

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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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South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol when becoming new government leader earlier this year. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Tectonic shift in S.Korea politics as conservative outsider elected president

SEOUL, March 10 (Reuters) – Conservative South Korean opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol rode to victory in the country’s tight presidential election on a wave of discontent over economic policy, scandals,…

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People vote for presidential election at a local polling station in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. South Koreans were voting for a new president Wednesday, with an outspoken liberal ruling party candidate and a conservative former prosecutor considered the favorites in a tight race that has aggravated domestic divisions. (Lim Byung-shick/Yonhap via AP)

South Koreans vote for president in tight, bitter election

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans were voting for a new president Wednesday, with an outspoken liberal ruling party candidate and a conservative former prosecutor considered the favorites in…

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Bangkok deputy governor resigns to run for governor

Bangkok Deputy Governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul has resigned, effective today (Monday), to prepare to run in the forthcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election as an independent candidate, tentatively scheduled for May. The Bangkok…

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How amended election-related laws will reshape Thailand’s political landscape

Ten draft bills to amend election laws will be deliberated by Parliament this Thursday and Friday (Feb 24-25) – but most are expected to hit obstacles. The bills are designed…

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Chatchai Payuhanaveechai as a Government Savings Bank (GSB) president in 2020.

Is Palang Pracharath roping in GSB ex-chief to buttress its economic team?

The government’s stumbles in tackling the economic problems that plagued the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have forced the ruling Palang Pracharath Party to reshuffle its economic team…

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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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Skytrain poses challenges to next Bangkok governor

Anticipating challenging decisions ahead, the four candidates running in the election for governor of Bangkok are strongly opposing the extension of concession for the core Skytrain sections of the Green…

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Fireworks explode over the Democracy Monument during a demonstration calling for the resignation of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha over the government’s handling of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis in Bangkok on August 28, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Political melting pot just gets hotter

Thaksin Shinawatra is trying to get back on stage, whereas Move Forward is struggling to stay on it. Will Prayut Chan-o-cha dissolve the House of Representatives and/or join a new…

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Why Gen Prayut may have to switch parties to remain in power

Three years after accepting Palang Pracharath’s invitation to stand as its candidate for prime minister, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha faces a stark choice: Remain with the ruling party and risk political…

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Fifty shades of “Salim”

When future historians deal with political “colors” in Thailand, the first thing they will probably need to do is acquaint themselves with words like “Burgundy”, or “Carmine”, or “Amaranth”, or…

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Philippines kicks off chaotic election campaign season

The race to lead the Philippines kicked off Tuesday, with the son and namesake of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos the favourite to succeed authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte and return his clan to…

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Thai PM says if MPs want general election, they must attend parliament meetings

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told MPs on both sides of the house today (Friday) that, if they want a general election, they must cooperate with one another by attending parliamentary…

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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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Constituency 9 voters: Don’t count on us to be “accountable”

It was a peculiar electoral outcome that “winners” may celebrate cautiously and some “losers” can find encouraging. Ballots cast in Bangkok’s Laksi and Chatuchak districts on Sunday show that races…

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Close race expected between frontrunners in Bangkok’s by-election on Sunday

The by-election in Bangkok’s Constituency 9 this Sunday is likely to be a close contest between three of the eight candidates vying for the vacant parliamentary seat. The frontrunners are…

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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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Ex-ministers’ new political party faces uphill climb for electoral success

Sarng Anacot Thai Party, the new political party launched last week by former economic ministers in the current government, lacks the magnetic pull to win the hearts of people, say…

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Sacked, ousted and still on top: The rollercoaster career of Thamanat Prompow

Thamanat Prompow’s ouster from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party last week for “causing serious division” was only the latest twist in this political dealmaker’s rollercoaster career.   Palang Pracharath’s surprising and…

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Battle between Thammanat and coalition govt has no losers (except voters): analysts

Palang Pracharath Party’s move to expel secretary-general Thammanat Prompao and 20 other MPs under his control is more of a political soap opera than an actual split, analysts say. It’s…

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One crucial question is whether the by-elections offer any clues to the result of the next general election. Yes and no, say the analysts. (Photo by Christophe Archambault)

A tale of two by-elections: Polls offer clues as Thailand heads into election countdown 

Last Sunday’s by-elections in the southern provinces of Songkhla and Chumphon saw fierce battles between the ruling Palang Pracharath and Democrat Party coalition partners. Victory went to the Democrats, who…

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By-elections underline growing “frenemy” politics

Thailand’s political situation used to be straightforward in the recent past. The Democrats being up against the Shinawatra camp made elections easy to contest and predict. The former were guaranteed…

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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.

Bangkok by-election a crucial popularity contest for Thailand’s national parties

The Jan 30 by-election in Bangkok’s Constituency 9 will see a riveting battle between the coalition and opposition camps, but also between uneasy allies within the same bloc. Analysts say…

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Thaksin hit by storm that could sink Thailand’s main opposition party

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is seen by most neutral observers as the de-facto leader and patriarch of opposition party Pheu Thai. But the party has always insisted it is…

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Mayor Sokhary Chau addresses the assembly during the Lowell City Council swearing-in ceremony, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in Lowell, Mass., held at Lowell Memorial Auditorium due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Julia Malakie/The Lowell Sun via AP)

First Cambodian American mayor in US takes office

BOSTON (AP) — A refugee who survived the Khmer Rouge’s brutal rule has become the first Cambodian American mayor in the United States. Sokhary Chau, a city councilor in Lowell,…

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