Support provided under populist government schemes are tax exempt

Cash subsidies given last year by the government, under various populist policies to increase the purchasing power of consumers and to boost the economy recovering from COVID-19, are exempt from…

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Opposition leader Cholnan Srikaew

Opposition launches debate against Prayut government

Opposition MPs began a House debate against the Prayut government this morning (Wednesday), in what is seen as a prelude to this year’s general election. The House of Representatives was…

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Thai opposition to seeks no-vote censure debate against the government

Thai opposition parties will submit a motion to the House Speaker in mid-November, seeking a general censure debate on the government, without a vote, to “grill” it over illegal gambling…

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Government-run website launched to help fight sexual harassment online

The Thai Government has opened a new website in an effort to protect youth from online sexual harassment, which has reportedly been on the rise, especially against the 11-15 age…

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Move Forward party leader slams government for its significant failures

Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat accused the government, during the final day of the censure debate today (Friday), of complete failure in three strategic areas intended to drive Thailand…

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Pegasus spyware used to hack dozens of activists in Thailand – report, probe urged

A joint report, by the Thai NGO Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw), Digital Reach and The Citizen Lab, claims that the use of the invasive Israeli Pegasus spyware on the devices of prominent individuals…

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Thai opposition happy with 45 hours for their censure debate

The government and the opposition have reached an agreement that the censure debate will last four days, from July 19th to 22nd, with voting to take place on July 23rd,…

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UK’s Johnson battles to stay in job after top ministers quit

LONDON (AP) — A defiant British Prime Minister Boris Johnson battled to stay in power Wednesday after his government was rocked by the resignation of two top ministers, who said they…

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Thailand’s opposition warned against debating Myanmar warplane incursion

Government chief whip Nirote Sunthornlekha has warned the opposition that the plan by some of its MPs to question the government over last week’s incursion by a Myanmar MiG-29 jet…

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Legalisation of 5 casinos proposed in Thailand with 30% tax collection

A house panel is planning to propose to the Thai government the establishment of five legal casinos, with revenues taxed at 30%, believing that it would help reduce problems with…

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Opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng

Thai Opposition not sure there are enough votes to scupper 2023 budget bill

Opposition chief whip Suthin Klangsaeng admitted today (Tuesday) that he is not certain that opposition parties will be able to scupper the 2023 fiscal budget bill, deemed to be incorrectly…

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Amid sluggish economy, budget poses huge challenge to government

Unfavorable economic conditions are likely to pose tough challenges for current and future governments in managing the annual budget. The Prayut Chan-o-cha government plans to spend Bt3.185 trillion in fiscal…

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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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From ‘bananas’ to ‘cobras’ – the colorful political career of wily Mingkwan Saengsuwan

Former New Economics Party leader Mingkwan Saengsuwan shocked Parliament when he resigned as a party-list MP during the debate to scrutinize the Prayut government last week. Mingkwan explained that he…

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Thai PM says he will not quit amid pressure from opposition

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stated clearly, during a parliamentary debate today (Friday), that he will not resign, after an opposition MP drafted a resignation letter on his behalf. “Yesterday, there…

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Opposition files general debate motion against government on Friday

Thai opposition parties, led by Pheu Thai, submitted a motion today (Friday), signed up by 173 MPs, to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai seeking a general debate against the government under…

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Thailand’s opposition seeks to grill government in Parliament in mid-February

Thai opposition parties announced today (Wednesday) that they will submit a motion to the House Speaker this Friday or next Monday to seek a general debate against the government over…

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Thailand’s redundant entertainers to receive 5,000-baht social security payment

The Social Security Office of Thailand (SSO) has agreed to provide a one-time 5,000 baht support payment to nightlife entertainers, including musicians, comedians and other performers, who have been left…

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“Doing parliamentary duties” is a divisive term

Thailand’s Opposition outlines government’s failures

Thailand’s six-party opposition bloc has issued a joint statement outlining the government’s failures during the past three years under the leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Leaders of the opposition…

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul earlier this month (AP Photo/Muhammad Farooq)

Taliban form all-male Afghan government of old guard members

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday announced an all-male interim government for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against…

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A view of a gate of the provincial governor’s office in Panjshir, in this picture uploaded to social media on September 6, 2021. Social media handout/via REUTERS

Taliban claim control of Panjshir, promise formation of government ‘soon’

(Reuters) – The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the Islamist group’s takeover of Afghanistan and promising to announce a new government soon….

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Class action suit filed by massage parlours, spas seeking compensation for lockdown losses

A group of 172 massage parlour and spa operators filed a class action lawsuit with the Civil Court today (Tuesday) against the Finance Ministry and the government, demanding compensation for…

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Thai government claims vaccinations are going according to plan

The Thai government’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout is going according to plan, according to Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri today (Tuesday), amid widespread postponement of appointments. Claiming the rollout has met the…

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Photo from Daio Sirimongkhon Pratumthong on Let’s Move Abroad Facebook group

Viral interest in moving out of Thailand sparks debate and some backlash

The current interest among Thais in moving abroad, with nearly 763,000 members joining a newly created Facebook group and the Thai hashtag “Let’s Move Abroad” among top Twitter trends, has…

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Focus shifts from Covid-19 to political challenges facing Prayut govt

As coronavirus-related restrictions ease and people gradually resume their normal lives, Thai politics is all set to heat up again. Politicians will resume business as usual when Parliament opens for…

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Opposition trains its guns on Prayut government

For the first time since taking office last year, the Prayut government will on Monday face a no-confidence debate, with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five other members of his…

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Prayut government faces first censure debate

The Prayut government has been in office for only seven months but is already facing its biggest political trial. It will be subject to a no-confidence debate by the opposition…

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Disunited govt against disarrayed opposition

It may boil down to who manages crises better. The vulnerable Prayut government is staring at daily threats of rebellion but the Pheu Thai-led opposition is not in a perfect…

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The Opposition to censure Government between 18th and 20th December

The seven opposition parties have settled on their planned censure motion against the Government with the debate taking place between December 18th and 20th , opposition chief whip and Pheu…

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Majority of people not yet siding with Government or Opposition – Super Poll

The majority of respondents to an opinion survey, conducted by Super Poll, say that they neither support the Government nor the Opposition, preferring to wait to before assessing their performance….

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Hong Kong violence becoming more serious, but government in control, says Lam

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Violence in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests is becoming more serious but the government is confident it can handle the crisis itself, the city’s embattled leader said…

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Thanathorn doubts PM and his government can lead Thailand into the future

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said Friday night that he did not believe that the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be able to guide…

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Challenges facing Prayut’s government

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Wissanu likens new government to ship that can sink if not taken cared for

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has likened the new government, which is yet to be set up, to a large steel ship, carrying both people and cargo, which can go…

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Fund-raising campaign to help cover Ja New’s medical bills

As calls grow louder for the government to take action to track down the four assailants who seriously injured democracy activist Sirawith Seritiwat, alias Ja New, a campaign has been launched for…

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Palang Pracharat confident it has enough support to form government

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party is confident that it will be able to form a coalition, said Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, the party secretary-general today. He said talks with potential allies…

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Poll shows people happy with government’s performance, in favour of Prayut’s return as PM

Thirty-nine percent of more than 2,000 respondents in the latest opinion poll are satisfied with the performance of the Prayut government and the National Council for Peace and Order in…

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Gen Prayut and the military junta are believed to stand to benefit more from an early election.

Reasons why Thai election can be sooner rather than later

Critics of the military government always suspect that it will keep dragging its feet on the election. However, prolonging the ballot exercise is not necessarily a good idea strategically. Here…

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