Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Potjaman Damapong at a mass pro-government rally in Bangkok on 03 March 2006. (Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP)

Potjaman, Paetongtarn and Thaksin: the power triangle behind Pheu Thai

Khunying Potjaman Damapong’s rare appearance at a Pheu Thai Party rally on September 10 was viewed as symbolic for a woman believed to be the party’s de-facto chief. Her ex-husband,…

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Three scenarios for destruction of ‘doomed’ election formula

The draft bill to amend the electoral law – which saw a last-minute change in the calculation method for party-list MPs – now seems to be doomed. The joint Parliament…

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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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DES minister accused of having been unfaithful to his wife during censure debate

Pheu Thai MP Chanok Chanthathong took a swipe at Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn during the second day of the censure debate today (Wednesday), accusing him of being…

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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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Unconcerned Palang Pracharath leader acknowledges declining popularity

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has admitted that the popularity of the Palang Pracharath (PPRP), the core government party, has been declining, but says they are trying to fix…

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Pheu Thai party renews call for PM to scrap emergency decree

The opposition Pheu Thai party has renewed its call for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to revoke the Emergency Decree, claiming that the special law, which was imposed to contain the…

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Pheu Thai party welcomes Nattawut Saikua’s return

Former Pheu Thai MP Nattawut Saikua has returned to the party as the director of the “Pheu Thai family”, whose first assignment is to visit the north-eastern province of Si…

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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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Thai opposition MPs slam allegedly widespread corruption in government

Opposition Pheu Thai MPs zeroed in today (Thursday), the scheduled last day of the three-day debate on the 2023 annual national budget, on alleged widespread corruption in numerous projects in…

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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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Chaiya Promma, an MP of the Pheu Thai party and chair of the House committee monitoring budgetary management and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Thai PM to be asked to scrap ฿25.6Bn water project in eastern region

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be asked to scrap the 25.6-billion-baht, 30-year deal between the Treasury Department and Wong Siam Construction for the supply of water to Thailand’s eastern region,…

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Thailand’s opposition parties agree to censure PM, ministers in June

Opposition parties in Thailand have decided to launch another censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other ministers individually, tentatively in June, after the passage of two organic laws…

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EC ordered to pay ฿70m compensation to ex-Pheu Thai MP over vote buying ruling

A Chiang Mai court ordered the Election Commission (EC) this morning (Thursday) to pay about 70 million baht in compensation including interest to former Pheu Thai MP Surapol Kiatchaiyakorn, after…

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New ‘Pheu Thai Family’ head wants more experience before becoming PM

Head of Thailand’s newly created “Pheu Thai Family” concept, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, says that she wants to see regime change in Thailand and that she wants to gain more experience before…

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Treacherous path of Paetongtarn

A Facebook post by an anti-government activist may have gone largely unnoticed but it asks a highly-relevant question: What does the political rise of Thaksin Shinawatra’s youngest daughter say about…

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Pheu Thai MP Karoon Hosakul resigns from party following internal conflict

Long-time Pheu Thai MP for Bangkok’s Don Mueang district Karoon Hosakul has announced his resignation from the party, saying he has no regrets over no longer being a member of…

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Former PM Thaksin’s daughter rises in Pheu Thai Party

Fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s youngest daughter, Paetongtarn, has been named “head of the Pheu Thai Family”, a new position created by the party at its meeting held…

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Supreme Court judicial panel upholds sentence for ex-minister Wattana Muangsook

A judicial panel of the Supreme Court Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions upheld the 99-year prison term today (Friday), which was imposed on former minister of Social Development and Human…

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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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Polarisation widens in pro-democracy camp following “Salim Phase 2” drama

Thailand’s self-proclaimed pro-democracy movement has experienced another crack in their ranks, after key Pheu Thai supporter “Kam Phaka” referred to Move Forward Party’s supporters as “Salim Phase 2”. Salim is…

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General parliamentary debate set for February 17-18, Opposition leader expects changes

The dates for a new general parliamentary debate, a chance to grill the government over its alleged failures, has been scheduled for February 17th and 18th , with the Opposition’s expectations that it…

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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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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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Pallop Pinmanee: Veteran military hawk of Thai politics swoops on Pheu Thai

Retired Army general Pallop Pinmanee dropped the first political bombshell of the new year when he claimed Thaksin Shinawatra “green-lighted” his removal as a Pheu Thai member – an allegation…

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Pheu Thai leader urges Thai PM to dissolve parliament to avoid more trouble

Pheu Thai Party leader Chonlanan Srikaew called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Saturday) to dissolve parliament and hold a general election to pave the way for a peaceful transfer…

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Pheu Thai’s Anurak Tangpanithanon ceases to function as MP after Supreme Court accepts graft case

Anurak Tangpanithanon, a Pheu Thai MP for Mukdahan province, has been barred from working as a legislator, effective from yesterday (Wednesday), after the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office…

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Opposition Pheu Thai party to ask Charter Court ruling on Prayut Chan-o-cha’s premiership

The opposition Pheu Thai party will seek a ruling from the Constitutional Court about the premiership of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the incumbent prime minister of Thailand. Pheu Thai party leader…

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Opposition Pheu Thai party supports equal marriage rights for all genders

The Rainbow Alliance, an advocacy group for equal rights for same-sex couples, has sought support from the opposition Pheu Thai party, to push their draft bill on equal marriage rights…

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Thailand’s two-ballot electoral system comes into force

Constitutional amendments regarding the two-ballot electoral system take effect today (November 22nd) following the publication in the Royal Gazette yesterday. Under the two-ballot electoral system, the House of Representatives will…

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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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A pro-democracy protester holds a sign refering to Thailand’s lese majeste royal defamation laws during in a demonstration marching toward the residence of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha in Bangkok on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Pheu Thai U-turn on lese majeste law is just part of its ‘fighting while kowtowing’ strategy

Main opposition party Pheu Thai has once again disappointed its reformist supporters, after backtracking on its maiden push to amend the lèse-majesté law. Pheu Thai pulled out of an effort…

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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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Thai PM firm on government stance on not amending lèse majesté law

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made clear that his government will not amend the country’s controversial lèse majesté law, as is being demanded by some opposition parties and anti-establishment groups….

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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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Pheu Thai party changes stance, now supports changes to lèse majesté law

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party has openly declared its support for amendment of the country’s strict lèse majesté law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code), and sedition (Section 116), the…

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Paetongtarn Shinawatra: the new heir of Thailand’s controversial political dynasty

After seven years out of government, the Shinawatra family appears to be keen on making a comeback. Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the youngest daughter of former prime minister Thaksin, made a surprise…

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Chonlanan Srikaew picked as new Pheu Thai leader, Thaksin’s youngest daughter joins as advisor

Dr. Chonlanan Srikaew, a Pheu Thai party MP for Nan province, has been picked as the new party leader, soon after Sompong Amornvivat resigned as the leader of Thailand’s biggest…

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Sacked Pheu Thai MP, fellow ex-party member join Bhumjaithai party

Sacked Pheu Thai MP for Pathum Thani province, Pornpimon Thammasarn, and a former Pheu Thai MP for Ubon Ratchathani province, Sombat Rattano, officially applied to join the Bhumjaithai party, the…

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Will Pheu Thai’s shiny new image win it an ‘overwhelming’ victory?

Thailand’s main opposition party is undergoing a rebrand as it bids to return to power after seven years – five years under the post-coup junta and two years of this…

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Pheu Thai party sacks two dissident MPs

The opposition Pheu Thai party decided to sack two dissident MPs, Sarunvuth Sarunkate, of Uttaradit province, and Pornpimon Thammasarn, of Pathum Thani province, for defying the party whip to vote…

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Many doubt Thailand’s readiness in gradual reopening

Opinions vary on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s declaration last night (Monday) about Thailand’s gradual reopening plans with the next phase to start on November 1st, as many are skeptical of…

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Pheu Thai MP cries foul over corruption watchdog’s bribery finding

Pheu Thai MP for Thailand’s Muk Dahan province, Anurak Tangpanitarnnont, has described as “hasty” the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s (NACC) decision to find him at fault following an allegation that he…

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Two rebel Pheu Thai MPs may be expelled from party over no-confidence voting

The ethics committee of Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party decided today (Monday) to propose to the party’s executive committee the expulsion of two rebel MPs who did not vote in…

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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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House Speaker orders probe into bribery allegation ahead of no confidence vote

Thailand’s House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has ordered a formal investigation into the allegation, made by Pheu Thai MP Visarn Techateerawat, that a group of MPs each received a five-million-baht bribe…

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PM denies opposition MP’s accusation he bribed a group of MPs in Parliament

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hit back at Pheu Thai MP Visarn Techateerawat, of Chiang Rai province, for accusing him of giving five million baht in cash each to a group…

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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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PM says Opposition has forgotten the massive corruption during Pheu Thai administration

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hit back at opposition Pheu Thai MPs this morning (Tuesday), reminding them of the alleged massive corruption, which he claims took place during the regime of…

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Opposition rift threatens to hamper charter change moves

Thailand’s so-called pro-democracy bloc is still far from breaking down, but the rift between opposition allies Pheu Thai and Kao Klai could very well undermine their common goal of changing…

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Thai anti-government protesters gather front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Several thousand anti-government protesters have rallied in the Thai capital Bangkok to call for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive laws.

Student protest puts Pheu Thai into perspective

Imagine a full-strength Pheu Thai smelling blood and firing on all cylinders against a government reeling from the “VIP” scandal related to COVID-19. Granted, that would not have put the…

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Is Pheu Thai’s “breakup” for real this time?

Thaksin Shinawatra’s political camp is no stranger to reports, rumors or speculation about senior figures “leaving”. Most of the time any “split-up” was tactical, like when the now-defunct Thai Raksachart…

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Power struggle within Pheu Thai sign of Thaksin’s grip weakening?

On-going moves to form new political parties by key individuals within the Pheu Thai Party and its offshoot, the now-defunct Thai Raksa Chart, only prove one thing – the rifts…

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Opposition wants more time to debate 1.9 trillion baht loan decrees

The Opposition has voiced objection to the duration of the three-day parliamentary debate on the Government’s three executive decrees, to seek 1.9 trillion baht in loans, claiming that they need…

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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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Death sentence adds to Pheu Thai’s woes

“Leaders without maturity, who refuse to listen to cautions from well-meaning people, who are unaware that their mistakes can cause a damaging domino effect, can never make societies in critical…

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Pheu Thai-Future Forward ties will be tested

Political breakups normally don’t occur while the parties concerned are in the opposition bloc. There may be signs, though, and the case in point is the relationship between the Pheu…

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Pheu Thai calls on ASEAN leaders to press PM Prayut about democratic principles

As ASEAN leaders are now in Bangkok for the 34th ASEAN Summit, the opposition Pheu Thai party today called on them to apply pressure to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to…

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Future Forward party to form coalition government in seven days

Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is confident that his party will be able to garner enough support to form a coalition government within seven days, after the party got the…

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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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Unofficially Pheu Thai leads the pack with 137 House seats

The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party has emerged as the winner of the March-24 general election, garnering 137 House seats from 350 constituencies nationwide, according to unofficial poll results announced yesterday by the Election Commission (EC).  The party did not…

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Future Forward outlines pre-conditions in joining coalition

The Future Forward party has set three pre-conditions to be agreed before the party will join the anti-junta alliance in forming a coalition government. The three pre-conditions include amending the…

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Analysis: Pheu Thai camp tones down ambitions

The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai Party was aiming for the sky until it shot itself in the foot with the dissolution of its political off-shoot Thai Raksa Chart. Now it’s trying…

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PM Prayut irked by questions about alleged gerrymandering 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha lost his cool today when confronted by reporters who pestered him with questions about the Election Commission’s redrawing of constituency boundaries that has come under criticisms…

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Poll shows Pheu Thai’s Sudarat beats PM Prayut as most favoured candidate for prime minister

Pheu Thai partry’s election strategy chief Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan emerges a top favourite to become the next prime minister in an opinion survey conducted by Nida Poll of the National…

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The pros and cons of Pheu Thai’s “satellite” strategy

On the one hand, it is brilliant for Pheu Thai to “branch out” in a bid to get more House of Representatives seats under the new electoral rules.  “Associates” of…

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EC will probe Pheu Thai’s alleged influence over two parties

The Election Commission (EC) will investigate allegations that Pheu Tham Party and Pheu Chart Party are proxies of the former ruling Pheu Thai Party, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma said. If…

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Pheu Thai reportedly courts Democrat to form alliance against Gen Prayut

In a bid to block Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s comeback after the  general election, Pheu Thai Party has approached its erstwhile political rival,  the Democrat Party, with the possibility of…

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Parties start planning activities after political restrictions eased 

Political parties have begun setting dates for crucial activities they are required to complete before the election that is expected to take place between next February and early May following…

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