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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inside the Parliament House of Thailand

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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Photo from Mongkolkit Suksintharanont’s FB

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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