Water still leaking through roof of Thailand’s new ฿12bn parliament building 

Rain water leaked through the roof of the parliament building onto the ground floor again last night, requiring workers to bring buckets and wheelbarrows to catch the drips, said former…

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Thai parliament passes anti-torture and enforced disappearance law

The draft Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act, with its 34 sections, was finally passed on Wednesday (August 24) and will become effective in 4 months, following…

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Thailand’s parliament has passed the 2023 budget bill

After a five-day debate, the 3.185 trillion-baht budget bill has passed its final reading in the lower house, with 258 MPs voting in favour and 180 against. Next, the bill…

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House Speaker to submit petition concerning PM’s term to Constitutional Court on Monday

Chuan Leekpai, President of Thailand’s National Assembly and House Speaker, is expected to submit the opposition parties’ petition to the Constitutional Court today (Monday), to seek a ruling on Prime…

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PPRP MP Watanya Bunnag quits party, parliament, following House meeting collapse

Palang Pracharath party-list MP Watanya Bunnag, aka “Madame Dear”, announced her resignation as a member of parliament and from the party this morning (Tuesday), apparently in a show of responsibility…

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Parliament vice president refutes allegation he took order to adjourn meeting

Vice President of Thailand’s Parliament and Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, categorically refuted today (Thursday) a suggestion that he had received an order from someone to adjourn the joint sitting of…

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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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Thai Liberal Party seeks dissolution of 7 micro parties over bribery allegations 

Leader of Opposition’s Thai Liberal Party Sereepisuth Temeeyaves submitted a petition to the Election Commission (EC) today (Monday) demanding the dissolution of seven micro parties for allegedly receiving bribes, which…

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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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Cannabis plants of unknown origin found in Thai parliament compound

About 100 cannabis saplings have mysteriously been planted in the grounds of Thailand’s parliament complex, without being noticed by security guards or officials. Aroon Laiphongpaew, parliament’s security chief, was alerted…

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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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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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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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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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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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Teething problems or construction flaws? Questions over leaky new Thai Parliament

Thailand’s 12-billion-baht Parliament complex opened in May last year after eight years of construction – yet it is still drawing complaints of defects and quality issues. Since its inception in…

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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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House anti-corruption committee to investigate alleged nepotism by senators

Chief of Thailand’s Parliamentary Committee on Corruption Prevention and Suppression, Pol Gen Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, received a complaint on Thursday seeking an investigation of members of the Senate and their appointment…

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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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Thai PM’s failure to answer an interpellation in person irks opposition MPs

Opposition MPs have voiced their frustration over the absence from the Lower House today (Thursday) of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha or any of his representatives to respond to an interpellation…

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Government and opposition Thai MPs gear up for another censure debate

Government and opposition MPs are preparing their cases for the next censure debate, tentatively scheduled for July 18th through 22nd, during which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and ten ministers will be…

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Thai parliament police officers say new uniform is a waste of money

About 60 parliament police officers submitted a petition to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai today (Wednesday), to protest against the change of their uniform, claiming that it is a waste of…

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Parliament passes 1st reading of Marriage Equality Bill, paving way for same sex marriage

Thailand’s House of Representatives passed the first reading of the Move Forward party’s groundbreaking Marriage Equality Bill today (Wednesday), by 212 votes to 180 votes, with 12 abstentions and 4…

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Thai opposition to target ten ministers, including PM, in censure debate

The opposition parties are aiming to censure Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine of his ministers, claiming that they have solid evidence to unseat some of them with allegations of…

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Thailand’s Cannabis and Hemp Bill sails through 1st reading in Lower House

The Lower House overwhelmingly passed the first reading of the Bhumjaithai party’s Cannabis and Hemp Bill yesterday (Wednesday), which will legalise the controlled use, production, sale, import and export of…

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Historic bill to liberalise Thailand’s liquor industry passes its first reading

The opposition Move Forward party’s Progressive Liquor Bill, which seeks to break the oligopoly of corporate brewers and provide business opportunities for small-scale, community based entrepreneurs, sailed through its first…

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Opposition to call for censure debate against PM, selected ministers in mid-June

Opposition parties will submit a motion to the House of Representatives on June 15th seeking a no-confidence debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and a number of other ministers, opposition…

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Pheu Thai party leader Chonlanan Srikaew in Parliament last week

Opposition attacks budget bill prepared by ‘incompetent, visionless government’

The opposition wasted no time today (Tuesday), the first day of the three-day debate in the Lower House, in attacking the annual budget bill, which they describe as incorrectly proportioned and…

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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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Thai opposition parties vow to scupper budget bill in Lower House debate

Opposition parties are gearing up to grill the government over the 3.18 trillion baht budget bill for the 2023 fiscal year, with the aim of derailing it, scheduled to be…

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Controversial luxury ‘Parliamentary club’ to be converted into office space

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has ordered all the recreational facilities in the controversial parliament club, with the exception of the gym, to be closed and converted into working space for…

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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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Thai parliament passes three draft bills to amend Political Party Act in first reading

Tonight (Friday), a joint session of Thailand’s Senate and House of Representatives passed the first reading of three draft bills related to political parties, proposed by the cabinet, governing coalition…

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Thailand’s MPs pass long-delayed anti-torture and enforced disappearance bill, Senate’s votes awaited

Thailand’s House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a long-awaited bill to criminalise torture and enforced disappearances in its final reading, with 359 votes in favour, one abstention and two…

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Thai parliament to deliberate draft amendments to election, political party laws

Members of Thailand’s House and the Senate are scheduled to deliberate 10 draft bills attached to the electoral and political party acts today (Thursday) and tomorrow, as a key senator…

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Thai PM defends goldmine closure, concession renewal

During the debate in parliament today (Friday), the Thai prime minister was accused by the opposition of renewing a goldmining concession in exchange for Australia-based Kingsgate Consolidated Limited withdrawing the…

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New Economic party leader resigns in the middle of parliamentary debate

New Economic party-list MP Mingkwan Saengsuwan tendered his resignation as a member of parliament in the middle of the general debate today (Thursday), saying that he has not felt happy…

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Thai government accused of covering up spread of swine flu since 2019

Move Forward MP Padipat Suntiphada accused the government today (Thursday) of covering up the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) since October 2019, as there was an official letter issued,…

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Opposition MP Seripisut says Thai PM unfit to stay on

The opposition Thai Liberal party leader, Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet, said today that the government has completely failed in political reform, lacks the sincerity needed to lead political reform, and…

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PM, opposition leader in showdown on first day of debate in Thai parliament

Opposition and Pheu Thai party leader Chonlanan Srikaew accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Thursday) of being the root cause of all the pressing problems now facing Thailand, ranging from…

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Why no-shows by MPs are threatening to paralyze Thai Parliament

The collapse of Parliament meetings due to withdrawal by MPs is becoming more frequent this year, with three House sessions abandoned in January and three more in the first 10…

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Recalcitrant MPs draw flak for frequent collapses of House meetings

The collapse of three Thai House of Representatives meetings this month alone, due to the lack of a quorum, has drawn widespread criticism for allegedly improper conduct by dissident MPs,…

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Thailand’s ‘progressive’ liquor bill stalled as vetting by cabinet required

The House of Representatives today (Wednesday) decided to forward a “progressive” liquor draft bill, which seeks to break the oligopoly in liquor production in Thailand and allow new producers to enjoy…

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Tough rules proposed to address lack of quorum problem in Thai parliament

Senator Kamnoon Sidhisamarn has voiced full support for a recommendation, from his colleague Somchai Sawaengkarn, to deal with MPs refusing to declare their presence in parliament, causing two House meetings…

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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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Thai parliament to meet this week, even though 12 MPs have COVID-19

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai wants the scheduled parliamentary meetings this Wednesday and Friday to go ahead, despite 12 MPs and 13 parliamentary officials having COVID-19, because “the House must be…

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Special House session may be held to deliberate two election-related laws

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam offered an assurance today (Monday) that the government is not dragging its feet over election-related organic bills and may open an extraordinary parliamentary session,…

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

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

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First meeting of House of Representatives this year collapses due to lack of quorum

The first meeting this year of the House of Representatives suffered a setback yesterday (Wednesday) when it was abruptly adjourned due to the lack of a quorum. The meeting began…

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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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Pheu Thai party to grill government over swine fever outbreak in Thailand

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party is to grill the government in parliament, alleging a cover-up over the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in Thailand, which has reportedly spread to 56…

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Thai parliament meeting collapses due to lack of quorum

Friday’s meeting in the Thai parliament was cancelled due to the lack of a quorum, as some opposition MPs boycotted the meeting, or deliberately did not declare their presence, in…

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Thai parliament votes down bills aimed at rescinding junta’s post-coup orders

Thailand’s House of Representatives today (Wednesday) rejected two bills aimed at repealing all announcements and orders, deemed to be violations of the principles of human rights and democracy, issued by…

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House committee slams Thai police for arresting, defrocking Cambodian monk

Thailand’s House committee, tasked with scrutinising a bill against torture and enforced disappearances, has cried foul over Tuesday night’s arrest and defrocking of a monk by Thai immigration police, prior…

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Government blocks opposition bid for debate on royal motorcade incident

Governing coalition parties today (Wednesday) successfully blocked an attempt by the opposition Move Forward party to have a debate in the House of Representatives over the blocking, by anti-establishment protesters,…

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Sweden’s parliament approves first female prime minister

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Sweden’s parliament on Wednesday approved Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first female prime minister, tapping the finance minister who recently became the new leader of the Social…

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Civil society’s anti-discrimination draft bill submitted to Thai Parliament

A draft bill, aimed at protecting certain groups of people against discrimination and drafted by 10 people groups, which has been signed by 12,116 supporters, was submitted to Thailand’s House…

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Chile Congress approves same-sex marriage, adoptions

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples was approved by the lower house of Chile’s Congress on Tuesday, moving it close to final…

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Thais asked not to lose hope despite rejection by parliament of ‘People’s Constitution’ draft

Secretary-general of the Progressive Movement, a non-party reincarnation of the now-defunct Future Forward party, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, has pleaded with members of the public not to lose hope,…

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Thai parliament rejects ‘people’s charter’ amendment draft

Thailand’s Parliament, during a joint session for its first reading today (Wednesday), voted to reject a constitutional amendment draft, dubbed “the people’s charter”, which sought to abolish the Senate, revamp…

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Key proponents of Thailand’s ‘People’s Constitution’ draft plead with lawmakers to pass first reading

A key proponent of the People’s Constitution draft, Parit Wacharasindhu, pleaded with members of the Thai parliament to be open-minded, claiming that the proposed legislation is not intended to replace…

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Parliament divided over support for a ‘People’s Constitution’ draft

The Thai parliament is clearly divided over the “People’s Constitution” draft, with non-elected senators and government MPs opposing it and opposition MPs, from the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties,…

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Slim chance of People’s Constitution draft passing parliamentary scrutiny

Former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn has predicted that there is only a slim chance that the People’s Constitution draft, scheduled to be debated in a joint session of parliament on…

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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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Pheu Thai MP throws rice in Parliament to protest PM, minister’s absence 

Pheu Thai Party MP for Chiang Rai, Pichet Chuamuangphan, was ordered by House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to clean the floor of the parliament chamber today (Thursday). He had thrown rice…

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Charter Court rules in favour of PPRP’s Paiboon Nititawan

The Constitutional Court ruled today (Wednesday), by a majority, that Paiboon Nititawan, a former MP of the dissolved People  Reform Party and currently an MP and a deputy leader of…

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Thai parliament passes torture, enforced disappearance bills in 1st reading

The House of Representatives, today (Thursday), passed the long-awaited four draft bills against torture and enforced disappearance by state officials, in its first reading with 368 votes for, one vote…

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Thai voters drop their ballots at a local polling station during the constitutional referendum in Bangkok on August 7, 2016. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

Electoral change lights fuse for political explosion in Thai Parliament and government

An early general election has become more likely after Parliament voted on Friday (September 10) to approve a charter amendment bill that restores the two-ballot election system and alters the…

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Parliament passes two-ballot electoral system by overwhelming majority

A joint parliamentary session on Friday passed the proposed two-ballot electoral system, by an overwhelming 472 votes to 33, in the third and final reading of the only constitutional amendment…

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Speedy passage of law against torture and enforced disappearance urged

Relatives of victims of enforced disappearance and a network of human rights organisations in Thailand rallied in front of parliament this morning (Wednesday) to demand the speedy passage of a…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha talks to reporters at parliament after a confidence vote on himself and five members of his Cabinet in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Sompong Sonnak)

Rumbling undercurrent unsettles Prayut despite censure win

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha managed to survive his third no-confidence vote, but a brewing storm in the ruling party is now undermining his once solid position. For analysts, recent developments…

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Third no confidence motion filed against Thailand’s PM, 5 ministers

Another no confidence motion against Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five other cabinet members was filed by the Opposition today (Monday), with a censure debate expected later this month…

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Thai parliament accepts only one draft charter amendment of the 13 debated

Thailand’s joint parliamentary session voted last night (Thursday) to accept, in principle, only one of the thirteen draft constitutional amendments – to bring back the two-ballot system. The draft, proposed…

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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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House Speaker Chuan Leekpai at the Parliament on May 25, 2021

House Speaker warns MPs to discipline their aides following claims of attempted vaccine queue jumping

Members of the Thai parliament have been told, by House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, to keep discipline among their aides, as some allegedly tried to jump the queue of people waiting…

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Riot police gather outside Thailand’s Parliament compound ahead of an anti-government demonstration in Bangkok on February 19, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Eight years and billions of baht later, world’s largest Parliament opens in Thailand amid controversy   

Bangkok is now home to the world’s largest parliament complex, after almost eight years and Bt22.9 billion was spent on its construction. The complex, officially called “Sappaya Sapasathan,” covers a…

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Democrat Party MP Jurin Laksanavisit.

Democrat leader proposes Constitutional Court ruling to end conflict over charter amendments bill

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit has proposed that parliament seeks a ruling from the Constitutional Court about the validity of the constitutional amendments bill, due for its third-reading and vote,…

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Protesters rally at Democracy Monument and in front of Thai parliament

Anti-establishment Ratsadon followers are gathering in front of Thailand’s parliament, while another group are rallying at the Democracy Monument, apparently due to a miscommunication between the two groups. Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul,…

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Ratsadon protesters peaceful as they denounce the Thai government

Followers of the anti-establishment Ratsadon group gathered in front of parliament Friday evening, but the crowd appeared to be outnumbered by police. Water cannon trucks and hundreds of police were…

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Anti-riot police and water cannons at parliament ahead of Ratsadon protest

Six water cannon trucks have been stationed in front of Thailand’s parliament, in addition to hundreds of anti-riot police, to cope with protesters from the anti-establishment Ratsadon group today (Friday)….

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Parliament to deliberate charter changes while Constitutional Court ruling is pending

The Thai parliament will press ahead with deliberation ofcharter amendment bills for their second reading, scheduled for February 24th and 25th, without waiting for a ruling from the Constitutional Court,…

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Officials told to prepare for parliament to reconvene on January 20th

Thailand’s parliament is due to reconvene on January 20th, after about a two-week break over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sukit Atthopakorn, an advisor to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai,…

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Thai parliament to discuss political situation and reform of the monarchy

Thailand’s parliament is scheduled to convene for a special session tomorrow (Monday) for two days of debate on the current political situation and related issues, in a bid to work…

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Parliament delays vote on charter changes, sets up study panel

Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to set up a joint committee to study motions seeking amendments to the Constitution in a move seen by the opposition bloc and anti-government protesters as…

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“Instead of amending the constitution, we should change people’s behaviour” – Senator Thawil

Senator Thawil Pliensri has suggested that instead of amending the constitution, we should change people’s behavior.   During the debate in Parliament today, the former National Security Council chief said…

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Thai PM defends one trillion baht loan decree in parliament

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defended his government’s decision to issue three executive decrees, one of which is to authorize the securing of a one trillion baht loan to cushion…

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Chuan vows to make parliament an institution dedicated to the people

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has vowed to make the Thai Parliament an institution recognized by the Thai people and by the international community as the model of an organization which…

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Thai Civilized party leader apologizes for explosive precursor incident

Thai Civilized party leader Mongkolkit Suksintharanont today apologized for his negligence in bringing explosive precursors into the parliament building on Wednesday, an act which he claimed was to test the…

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A joint meeting of the Cabinet and members of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) today. It was the last Cabinet meeting for the 15 ministers who are resigning. — Picture from Government House

2020 budget bill passes first reading in Parliament

After 3 days of debate, the Government’s 3.2 trillion baht 2020 fiscal budget bill sailed through its first reading in the House of Representatives today (Saturday), with 251 MPs voting…

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PM asks public and parliament to have faith in his government

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the public and parliament to have faith that the government, under his leadership, will perform its duties to its best ability for the people…

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HM King presides over opening of parliament

His Majesty the King today presided over the inaugural session of Parliament and urged legislators to perform their duty with responsibility and honesty. Newly-elected MPs and senators attended the brief…

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