Former Thai commerce minister Mingkwan joins Palang Pracharath Party

Former Commerce Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan has formally joined the Palang Pracharath Party, reportedly to head its economic team. He was officially presented to the media today by Palang Pracharath Party…

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Prawit denies having conflict with Prayut

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan today denied he had  conflict with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and admitted his Palang Pracharath Party and the newly-formed Ruam Thai Sang Chart (United…

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Is Gen Prawit maneuvering to become Thailand’s next PM?

Since his very first day as acting prime minister, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has aroused suspicion that he intends to take the post from the current holder. General Prayut Chan-o-cha was…

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Acting Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan during an inspection tour in Krabi on Monday.

Prawit insists he has no power to reshuffle Cabinet

Acting Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan on Monday dismissed speculation of a possible Cabinet reshuffle. “I am just a caretaker prime minister. I cannot reshuffle the Cabinet,” said Prawit when…

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The prime minister’s chair is left vacant as Acting Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan chooses the seat for deputy prime minister.

Prawit plays down Cabinet reshuffle speculation

Acting Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan today dismissed speculation about an imminent Cabinet reshuffle. “Why should there be a Cabinet reshuffle when the government can still get things done?,” he said…

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Thailand’s acting PM gets qualified prime ministerial authority under new edict

Acting Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan now has full decision-making powers on matters concerning budget and staff, under a ministerial edict approved by the cabinet today (Tuesday), said Deputy Prime Minister…

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Verdict on Prayut’s tenure in 30 days soonest

The nature of the decision by the constitutional court last Wednesday might have been unexpected for many people, as it ordered Prayut Chan-o-cha to cease performing his duties as prime…

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The rise to power of ‘big brother’ Prawit Wongsuwan, new caretaker PM

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan is generally considered a weak link in Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration, tainted by the scandal over a multimillion-baht wristwatch collection, despite his repeated denials of…

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Acting PM Prawit declines to comment on Cabinet reshuffle speculation

Acting Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan today (Friday) declined to comment on speculation that a Cabinet reshuffle is in the cards under his watch. “There is nothing to it,” said Prawit…

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Thai PM suspended from duty by Charter Court, Deputy Prawit becomes acting PM

After a unanimous vote to accept a petition from the opposition bloc in Parliament, seeking a Constitutional Court ruling on Prayut’s eight-year term in office and on a 5-4 majority…

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DPM Prawit claims Prayut may be able to stay on as Thai PM for 2 more years

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may be able to remain in office for two more years, if the Constitutional Court rules that his 8-year term does not come to an end…

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PM Prayut admits to being sole coup-maker, as Deputy Prawit defends himself in censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has admitted to being the individual behind the May 2014 coup in Thailand, as he raised his hand, quite proudly, when referred to by his Deputy…

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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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Saudi prince in Thailand, eyes further cooperation in sports

Saudi Arabia is pleased with the improvement in Saudi-Thai relations and hopes to see them grow in many ways, including sports, according to Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz, Vice…

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DPM Prawit, police, military deny interference in Rohingya trafficking probe

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, as well as spokespeople for the police and Defence Ministry, have dismissed an allegation, by exiled Pol Maj Gen Paween Pongsirin, former deputy commissioner of…

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Santi Promphat: The long and controversial career of Palang Pracharath’s new secretary-general

Since its foundation in November 2018, the ruling Palang Pracharath Party has seen four secretaries-general — virtually one every year. The latest office holder, Santi Promphat, was officially appointed to…

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Smaller pro-government parties told no House dissolution if they cooperate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told leaders of the governing coalition and smaller pro-government parties that there would be no reason for him to dissolve the House if they all cooperate…

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Right time for Thai House dissolution is after APEC Summit – DPM Prawit

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said this morning (Tuesday) that the most appropriate time for the dissolution of the country’s House of Representatives is after the APEC Summit 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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DPM Prawit to join PM for Loy Krathong, while 66% of those polled will not take part this year

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan says he will join Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for the traditional Loy Krathong festival tomorrow night, at Phadung Krung Kasem canal, “to float away all…

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Thammanat Prompow talked to the reporters at the government house about the conflicts in the Palang Pracharath Party on November 2, 2021.

All eyes on ruling party as Prayut-Thammanat battle rages on

A bitter conflict with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has resulted in Thammanat Prompao’s ouster from the Cabinet and civil war breaking out between rival factions in the ruling Palang Pracharath…

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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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Pirapan Salirathavibhaga: The ruling party peace-broker tipped for PM candidacy 

Former justice minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga is making waves in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party after being appointed as advisor to powerful party leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwan. Key party figures describe…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan (C) leaves Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Thailand’s anti-graft body ordered to reveal its findings on DPM Prawit’s wristwatch scandal

The Central Administrative Court has ordered Thailand’s anti-graft watchdog, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), to reveal its findings from an investigation into the expensive wristwatches seen being worn in public…

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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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PM says no cabinet reshuffle yet

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reiterated today (Sunday) that he has no current intention of reshuffling his cabinet, following the departures of Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao and Deputy Labour…

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Censure debate signals end of Prayut’s ‘command-and-control’ leadership 

Halfway through their government’s four-year term, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his brothers in arms – Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and Gen Anupong Paochinda – apparently have no choice but to change tack…

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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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Hot spots in the upcoming censure debate against Thai govt

Thirty-eight opposition MPs have been allocated 42 hours on the floor during the four-day censure debate, which kicks off on Tuesday (Feb 16), with voting scheduled for Saturday (Feb 20)….

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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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DPM Prawit expresses regret over brutal attack on Ja New

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has expressed regret over the brutal attack on political activist Sirawith Seritiwat, or Ja New, and ordered the national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda,…

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Gen Prawit allays coup rumors

scheduled. The retired general, who is in charge of national security, also dismissed concerns that the spat between Seri Ruam Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavej, a former national…

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Gen Prawit insists election will take place in February

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan insisted this morning that the upcoming general election will take place as scheduled in February and dismissed rumours that it could be postponed to…

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General Prawit defends girls group BNK48 for supporting government work

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan this morning came to the defence of members of Thailand’s best known all-girls music group BNK48 who were attacked by anti-junta critics for appearing…

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NACC waiting for info on Prawit’s watches from manufacturers

The National Anti-Corruption Commission denies foot-dragging in its investigation into the luxury watches scandal involving Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, saying that information it has obtained so far is still…

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