File photo : Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad leaves the Nikkei Forum “Future of Asia” in Tokyo on May 26.//AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Mahathir discharged from hospital after checks: source

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was discharged from a specialist heart hospital on Friday, a source told AFP, after four days of medical checks. The 98-year-old former leader is…

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King to open new parliamentary session on July 3rd

His Majesty the King is scheduled to preside over the official opening of the new parliamentary session at the parliament building on July 3rd at 5pm. A Royal Decree, counter-signed…

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Move Forward and Pheu Thai tussle over House speakership

The political war of words over the House speakership, between two major coalition parties, Move Forward and Pheu Thai, continued on Wednesday. Unofficial party-list MP Adisorn Piengket, said that the…

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Move Forward coalition formally announced, details of MoU unveiled

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat officially announced the formation of his coalition government with seven others parties on Monday, about a week after the general election. He said at a…

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Wheelchair-bound 72-year-old manages to cast his vote in Thai general election

A 72-year-old man in a wheel chair, equipped with an oxygen tank and escorted by hospital staff, exercised his right to vote on Sunday in Dusit district. The patient, identified…

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Some unofficial poll results could be announced as early as 6.30pm Sunday

Unofficial general election results from some polling stations will be announced as early as 6.30pm, only ninety minutes after voting ends. The media and the public will be able to…

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The political significance of the marigold bloom

Marigold flowers have been in great demand in the months leading up to the general election as politicians have been racing to meet people across the country in an attempt…

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Pheu Thai and Move Forward could cooperate in new government, but not to repeal lèse majesté law

The Pheu Thai party holds no grudge against the Move Forward party and they could work together in the same coalition government, on the condition that the Move Forward party…

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44 years of political development in Thailand

This article is translated from an article originally called “In the Movement (ในความเคลื่อนไหว)” on decode.plus: https://decode.plus/author/prajakkong/ By Associate Professor Dr. Prajak Kongkirati The upcoming 2023 General Election is taking place in a new…

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Big turnout at polling stations for advance voting in Thailand’s general election

Many voters have turned up at polling stations across the country to cast their ballots in advance voting today (Sunday). In Bangkok, voters showed up an hour or two before…

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Election Commission warns of prohibitions in effect prior to Election Day

As advance voting is due to take place tomorrow (Sunday) across Thailand, the Election Commission has issued a warning to remind the public and election candidates about the prohibitions in…

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Eligibility to vote in Thailand can be checked three ways

People can now check their eligibility to cast their ballots in the General Election on May 14th or in advance on May 7th, via three channels. The first is to…

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71 constituency candidates in 31 provinces disqualified by election officials

A total of 71 constituency candidates in 31 provinces have been rejected by constituency election directors, after it was discovered that their qualifications do not meet the legal requirements, according…

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Thai Election Commission disqualifies PM candidate and nine party-list candidates

The Election Commission has disqualified one prime ministerial candidate and nine party-list candidates after finding their qualifications do not meet the legal requirements. Of the 63 prime ministerial candidates submitted…

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Thai Election Commission defends foreign visit by six of its commissioners

The Office of the Election Commission has defended the overseas trip by six of its commissioners against criticism that such a visit at this time, when election is just around…

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General election candidates register across Thailand on Monday

Most party leaders and their constituency candidates for Bangkok gathered at the Bangkok Youth Centre this morning to register for the May 14th general election and to draw election numbers…

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Bangkok police are ready for candidate registration this week

Bangkok police are ready to provide security and to facilitate traffic flow around the Thai-Japanese youth centre in the Din Daeng area, which will be the venue for Bangkok’s election…

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Advance voting registration begins today and lasts until April 9th

Eligible voters in Thailand, who are unable to vote on election day on May 14th, can register for advance voting in their constituencies, in other constituencies or abroad from today…

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Interview with Korn Chatikavanij

In “Talking Politics”, the leader of Chartpattanakla Party shares his political insight and vision as Thailand prepares for a general election.

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Opposition seeks injunction against transport minister contesting election

Thailand’s opposition MPs are gathering signatures on a petition to the Constitution Court to strip Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob of his right to contest the general election. Move Forward MP…

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Thailand’s revised constituency map published in The Royal Gazette

The Election Commission’s (EC) reallocation of constituency MPs has been published in The Royal Gazette and becomes effective today (Saturday). The EC has completed the redrawing of the constituency map…

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Charter Court to rule on non-Thai inclusion in calculation for constituency MPs

The Election Commission (EC) decided today (Tuesday) to ask the Constitutional Court to rule whether non-Thais can be included in the population for the calculation of the number of constituency…

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Piyabutr vs Move Forward: Election pressure splits Thailand’s reformist movement

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has issued a wake-up call to the opposition Move Forward Party, whose predecessor he co-founded, warning it faces a dilemma and must now choose the “best path” to…

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Thai cabinet approves 5.9 billion baht budget for next General Election

The Thai cabinet has approved a budget of 5.95 billion baht for the Election Commission (EC) to hold this year’s General Election. 5.104 million baht is for the EC’s preparations…

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Thailand sets May 7, 2023 as the tentative date of next general election  

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has tentatively designated May 7th next year as the date for the next general election, if the House of Representatives is not dissolved by the prime…

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Pheu Thai is angry

Pheu Thai to seek charter court ruling on party-list seat calculation method

The opposition Pheu Thai party announced today (Thursday) that it will seek a ruling from the Constitutional Court over parliament’s resolution Wednesday night, opting for a change in the method…

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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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Parties target Bangkok poll as bellwether for approaching general election

More than five years since its governor was appointed after a coup, Bangkok is now looking forward to its first gubernatorial election in almost nine years. Although no date has…

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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Narathiwat on March 24, 2019 during Thailand’s last general election. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

COVID-19 to determine election timing, and perhaps winners

Humans make rules, dissolve parliaments, woo voters, mark ballots, and set up administrations, but the new normal of politics stipulates that they aren’t the ones actually in control. Those activities…

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Signals point to an early election in Thailand

When Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered his Cabinet last week to speed up implementation of public projects as the government only had one year left in office, many saw it…

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Kanye West files to run for president on Kentucky ballot

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rapper and music producer Kanye West has filed to run for U.S. president on Kentucky’s ballot this fall. A tweet from Kentucky Secretary of State Michael…

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BURLINGTON, VT – MARCH 11: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers a campaign update at the Hotel Vermont on March 11, 2020 in Burlington, Vermont. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in a general election campaign that…

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Young politicians making their election debut during an election debate organized by Thai PBS on Friday night.

Political new-comers want to see change

The March-24 general election sees not only a huge number of first-time voters but also a large number of young politicians making their political debut. Representatives of five political parties,…

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