Thai PM says he will neither dissolve parliament nor reshuffle his cabinet

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Thursday) that he will not dissolve the House or reshuffle his cabinet, but will carry on working and is ready to face the Opposition…

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Thammanat,17 former Palang Pracharat MPs join Thai Economic party

The former secretary-general of the ruling Palang Pracharat party, Thammanat Prompao, and 17 other of the party’s former MPs have applied to join the Setthakit Thai (Thai Economic) party. In…

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DPM Prawit says sacked PPRP MPs still loyal to government despite no reversal in decision

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP), Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, said today (Tuesday) the group of 21 sacked MPS led by former party secretary-general Thammanat…

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Surprise hinted in Thammanat’s video released after Palang Pracharat party dismissal

In a video, posted on Facebook Thursday night, MP Thammanat Prompao claimed that an alternative political party is ready, but that he is not yet giving details. “This new home…

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Ruling Palang Pracharat party sacks Thammanat Prompao, 20 other dissident MPs

The ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP) sacked its controversial secretary-general, Thammanat Prompao, and 20 other MPs loyal to him on Wednesday, further threatening the stability of the party formed just…

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No conflict between labour minister and Thammanat Prompao – government chief whip

Government chief whip Nirote Sunthornlekha has played down reported friction between Thailand’s Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin and Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP) Secretary-General Thammanat Prompao over a recent Line group chat…

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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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Two Palang Pracharat MPs quit, new party to be launched by two ex-ministers

Two Palang Pracharat party-list MPs, Supon Fongngam and Santi Kiranand, have quit parliament, reportedly to join a new party, founded by two former ministers in the Prayut administration, which is scheduled…

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PM challenged to dissolve House if MPs cannot attend meetings

The opposition Pheu Thai Party’s MP Chirayu Huangsap challenged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Friday) to dissolve the House of Representatives after many government MPs and ministers missed House meetings…

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Rift in Palang Pracharat party resolved, says party’s deputy leader

Internal conflict within Palang Pracharat, Thailand’s core government party, was resolved at a meeting on Wednesday between the party leader, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, and the party’s MPs, according…

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Judgement day for Paiboon Nititawan, protector of junta-sponsored Constitution

A Constitutional Court ruling due to be issued on Wednesday (Oct 20) holds the key to the political future of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party’s legal expert Paiboon Nititawan, with big impacts…

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Thammanat to remain Palang Pracharat sec-gen, DPM Prawit remains party leader

Controversial Thai political figure Thammanat Prompao, who was dismissed from the post of deputy agriculture minister last Wednesday, will stay on in his role as the ruling Palang Pracharat Party’s…

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Palang Pracharat to nominate Prayut as PM again if party wins election

Thailand’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao, a controversial politician who was recently elected as the ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP)’s new secretary-general, said today (Monday) that the party will nominate…

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Palang Pracharat Party’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow

Thammanat takes wheel of Palang Pracharath as party plots course for election win

The ruling party’s latest internal reshuffle indicates it desperately wants to win the next election, amid speculation that the national poll will be called early. Palang Pracharath Party rejigged its…

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Thai MP Sira courting controversy but flirting with disaster

Although new to Parliament, Sira Jenjaka has lost no time in stealing the limelight from veteran MPs – drawing publicity for his outspoken views, belligerent talk and ability to take…

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Party politics rocked by year of splits and a dissolution

The year 2020 saw many changes in Thailand’s political landscape, highlighted by shake-ups in major parties. Though only months had passed since the 2019 election, parties and politicians were unable…

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Gen Prawit in control of PM Prayut’s political base

It was no surprise that Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, Palang Pracharath’s chief strategist, was elected the party’s new chief at its general meeting on Saturday, replacing Finance Minister…

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Palang Pracharath gives PM old-politics dilemma

It’s easier for three poor people to share one bowl of soup than for three rich people to share Bt50 million. This can very well be applied to “Three Friends”,…

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Palang Pracharath former leader Uttama Savanayana

Mass resignation of executive committee of ruling Palang Pracharat party

Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong have lost their posts, as party leader and secretary-general of the ruling Palang Pracharat party respectively, effective today after 18 members…

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Palang Pracharat party wins Khon Kaen Constituency 7 by-election

Palang Pracharat candidate Somsak Khun-ngern has won the by-election in Khon Kaen’s Constituency 7 on Sunday, beating his rival from Pheu Thai party, Thanik Maseepitak by a margin of just…

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By-election campaigning underway in Khon Kaen’s Constituency 7

Palang Pracharat and the opposition Pheu Thai parties held their latest election campaign rallies in Constituency 7 of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Khon Kaen today (Saturday) to woo their supporters…

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Prayut given a test of what to come

Many say movie trailers are usually more exciting than the real films. For Prayut Chan-o-cha, however, the glimpse of what to come that he has experienced first-hand can be tantamount…

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PM says there is no problem in the Palang Pracharat party

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that there is no problem in the Palang Pracharat party which warrants his intervention. Asked by reporters whether he will step in to address…

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Northeastern MPs warn they may reconsider their role if they are ignored

Cabinet seat sharing in the Palang Pracharat party appears to be far from settled, as resentment still simmers among a group of 19 northeastern MPs who claim they have been…

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(Photo) Thai cabinet in front of Government House, January 2017

Wissanu expects new cabinet to start work after 34th ASEAN Summit

The new cabinet is expected to start functioning after the 34th ASEAN Summit, scheduled to take place in Bangkok from June 21st to 23rd, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said…

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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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Palang Pracharat to announce formation of its coalition government tomorrow

The Palang Pracharat party will join fiveother parties to announce the formal formation of a coalition government tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Sukosol hotel. Palang Pracharat party leader Uttama Savanayana and party…

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Democrat party decision on joining Palang Pracharat coalition expected June 4 

The Democrat party will decide, at a meeting of its executive committee and MPs on Tuesday, whether it should join the coalition led by the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party, just…

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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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File photo: Palang Pracharath at its peak before the last election.

4 key economic and security cabinet portfolios to be held by Palang Pracharat – Prayut

Thailand’s current prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, said today that key ministries related to the economy and security, such as Defence, Interior, Finance and Transport, should be part of the Palang…

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Palang Pracharat leader thanks 11 small parties for their unconditional support

The Palang Pracharat party leader today received a letter of intent, signed by 11 smaller and lesser known parties, vowing to join the Palang Pracharat-led coalition and to support General…

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Palang Pracharat confident it can form majority coalition 

The Palang Pracharat party is confident it will be able to muster more than 250 MPs to form a majority coalition government after the Election Commission today announced the official…

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Pheu Thai party demands EC disband Palang Pracharat party

The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party is demanding that the Election Commission (EC) disband the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party on the grounds that an executive committee member of the party is…

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Mingkwan firm on not joining Palang Pracharat

New Economics party leader Mingkwan Sangsuwan reaffirmed today that his party will not join the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party in forming a coalition government due to political differences. “I would like to reaffirm that, firstly,…

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“Most Democrats want to join Palang Pracharat-led coalition”

A group of Democrat party members, including several former MPs and newly-elected candidates, want the party to join a pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat coalition government, according to Democrat party deputy leader…

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Chiang Mai likely to suffer haze problem until May

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai is likely to face health-threatening haze problems from PM2.5 dust particles until early May, or the arrival of the rainy season, due to uncontrolled…

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Palang Pracharat to hit back at its political rivals

Apparently responding to continuous attacks from political rivals, pro-junta Palang Pracharat party secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong has vowed to fight back. During a campaign speech on Sunday in Samut Prakan, the…

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PM Prayut says election to be delayed or not up to Election Commission 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed today that the election roadmap remains unchanged and any decision to delay it as demanded by some political parties would have to be made by…

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File photo: Palang Pracharath at its peak before the last election.

Palang Pracharat: Lightning rod or effective tool?

On the one hand, the newly–formed Palang Pracharat Party can be military–backed Prime Minister Prayut Chan–o–cha’s formidable weapon going into his most politically critical period since the 2014 coup. On the…

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