Thailand COVID Vaccine

Endgame. Whose endgame?

Intensifying vaccination drama in Thailand is taking place against an intriguing international backdrop featuring an apparent race between the West on one side and a Chinese-Russian alliance on the other…

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Uncertainties with opportunism, despair and risk-taking in full swing

The prime minister is taking a big gamble with his future, something intertwined with the national course. The opposition has proposed an ironic and controversial way to handle COVID-19. The…

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Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Bangkok on April 3, 2019. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Anutin Charnvirakul, man in firing line for Thailand’s COVID crisis

Tycoon-turned-politician Anutin Charnvirakul may arguably be Thailand’s most-hated public health minister by now. But to be fair, his predecessors never had to tackle the world’s worst virus crisis in more…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (C) answers questions from the media at Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Has Anutin become a pawn in Prayut’s COVID blame game?

As Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul is being blamed for perceived failures in handling Thailand’s latest and worst wave of COVID-19, whose tide of infections and deaths has triggered partial…

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PM appointed Thailand’s “COVID Czar” in sole charge of handling the pandemic

The Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) designated Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the sole authority in charge of all responsibilities and duties, previously vested in his ministers, to deal with the…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha attends a signing ceremony for the agreement to purchase AstraZeneca’s potential Covid-19 vaccine at Government House in Bangkok on November 27, 2020. (Photo by CHALINEE THIRASUPA / POOL / AFP)

Thai govt in stormy waters as country slammed by third COVID wave   

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government are suffering a barrage of attacks from critics and political rivals as Thailand is hit by a third wave of COVID-19 infections. Some…

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PM assures Thai people that government will lead country through COVID crisis

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured the Thai people that he and his government will explore all means to get Thailand through the current crisis, posed by the third wave…

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A missed opportunity in Jakarta for PM Prayut

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday that he would not attend the special ASEAN summit in Jakarta this Saturday to address the ongoing crisis…

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Thailand to buy another 35m doses of COVID-19 vaccine from other companies  

Thailand will procure an additional 35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from other 2 or 3 companies, on top of the 65 million from Sinovac and AstraZeneca, according to a…

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File photo of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha during the televised address on April 16, 2021.

The momentum was missed, and the PM’s message was off track

The televised address by Thai prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Friday was widely criticized. Experts said it is not just because of the issue of communication skills, but also the…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha spraying hand sanitiser at journalists in an attempt to avoid questions about the cabinet reshuffle during a press conference in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

Prayut’s military-style, non-communicative speeches do little to reassure public

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s communication style has never been impressive, especially when it comes to tackling crises like the COVID-19 outbreak that hit the country early last year. His…

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Syringes with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine lay on a table at a pop up vaccine clinic at the Jewish Community Center on April 16, 2021 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Thailand’s vaccine shopping list as COVID surges

As the number of new COVID-19 cases surges this month, the government is rushing to find more vaccines for Thais. On Friday (April 16), Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha took…

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Targeted controls to be introduced as daily new COVID-19 infections pass 1,000

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to develop tighter controls, including targeted lockdowns, in provinces classified as Red zones, as daily COVID-19 infections surge to a new high…

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Tiny, scattered protests can be Prayut’s bad news

More names are joining the fray thick and fast. They make the complex picture of Thai politics even more incomprehensible, compensating for the fact that street protests at the moment…

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Thai PM inoculated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was inoculated this morning, the first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose administered in Thailand, after postponement from last Friday. The government broadcast the inoculation via Facebook…

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COVID-19 inoculation of Thailand’s PM confirmed for tomorrow

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha will be inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine tomorrow (Tuesday), after the sudden postponement on Friday due to concerns over blood clots post vaccination. A subsequent investigation…

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Controversy, delays and now a health scare – Thailand’s vaccination drive stalls again

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s COVID-19 vaccination was again cancelled at last minute on Friday. The cancellation adds another twist to the already-dramatic story here of the COVID-19 vaccine that has…

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A man wearing a face mask walks past a closed restaurant in Bangkok on February 15, 2021, as Thailand records it worst economic performance in more than two decades. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Economy must come before politics in Thai Cabinet reshuffle, say experts

Business leaders and academics insist solving Thailand’s economic crisis must be the top priority in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle. “The new ministers should also be highly competent and capable of…

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Prison terms for PDRC protest leaders send shockwaves through Thai politics

The Criminal Court’s recent decision to send leaders of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to jail over their street rallies against Yingluck Shinawatra’s government has deep political implications…

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Thai PM postpones vaccine jab indefinitely due to technical problem

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s planned injection of AstraZeneca vaccine, scheduled for 7.30am on Sunday, has been postponed indefinitely due to a technical problem. An official, attached to Government House’s spokesman’s…

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PM has defused one big bomb, but faces more

Although Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appears to be sailing out of a big storm, his ship will still remain in uncharted waters, which could turn extremely treacherous at any moment….

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles in parliament after a no-confidence vote against him was defeated in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

No-confidence vote reveals winners, losers and path ahead for Prayut’s govt    

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine other Cabinet members managed to sail through last week’s no-confidence vote — mostly with comfortable margins — while the opposition declared success in opening…

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Govt will survive no-confidence debate, but at what cost?

With their clear majority in the House, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the nine other targeted ministers are expected to sail through the second no-confidence debate in the two years…

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PM walks out of parliament chamber in apparent protest at not being listened to

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha abruptly cut short his explanation of the southern economic zone project and walked out of the parliament chamber on Thursday afternoon, apparently upset that a…

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PM challenges opposition to meet him in court with evidence of any alleged wrongdoing

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in parliament today (Wednesday) that he is fully aware that opposition MPs are trying to provoke him with unfounded allegations of involvement in the…

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Opposition leader says censure debate marks beginning of an end to the government

Likening the government to a parasite that is eating away at Thailand’s future, opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat fired salvoes at Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, accusing him of lacking vision and…

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Opposition to censure Thai govt for ‘botched recovery’, ‘vaccine disaster’     

The government’s handling of economic problems worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to be the core of the no-confidence debate starting on Tuesday (Feb 16). Opposition MPs are poised…

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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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A man holds a mock tank as he cheers on people taking part in a demonstration calling for the creation of a new constitution in Bangkok on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

All eyes on court as Thai charter-change battle approaches D-Day

The current junta-sponsored Constitution is among the most condemned charters in Thai history, yet also arguably one of the most difficult to amend. The push for charter change received another…

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Opposition’s strategic changes from last censure

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will remain the prime target, but the similarities between the upcoming no-confidence attack and the last one end there. The rest of the strategy and the…

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PM assures the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand is at “acceptable levels”

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand, the availability of the field hospital beds and the government’s disease control measures are all still in acceptable levels. Prayut…

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Stakes high for Thailand’s opposition as censure debate targets govt 

The opposition is unlikely to upend the government in next month’s censure debate, as has been the case previously. But its performance will show if opposition MPs are indeed serious…

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People are seen in a slum along railroad tracks in downtown Bangkok on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s poor regions may be left behind in race for COVID-19 vaccines

Many municipalities’ eagerness to procure COVID-19 vaccines for their residents has roused suspicion of political motives and concerns about inequality between residents of richer and poorer areas. Local authorities have…

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Prayut’s moment of truth arrives

The prime minister can be forgiven if he assumes that his previous problems were “political”, albeit ones that had more to do with ideology and power play than genuine well-being…

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Medical personnel register a security guard for Covid-19 coronavirus testing at a private hospital in Bangkok on January 8, 2021 after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent outbreak. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Communication breakdowns leave Thailand vulnerable to second virus wave

When it comes to staying safe from COVID-19, knowledge is power. However, Thais seeking clear guidance on the crisis were hit by yet another communication breakdown this week, as government…

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Only essential travel allowed to and from 5 Thai provinces

An announcement in the Royal Gazette states that Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Trat, and Chanthaburi are designated as the highest level strict control zones and will see tougher travel…

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Prayut cements power in 2020 after fending off eviction effort

The anti-establishment movement’s dream of seeing Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ousted from office was shattered at the Constitutional Court in December. The premier was at the centre of a…

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PM thanks the nation for cooperation, says reckless few creates troubles for millions

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha addressed the nation on COVDI-19 situation. He thanked related agencies and the general public for cooperation to managing the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in Samut Sakhon. He…

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A pro-democracy protester gives the three-finger salute during a march to Bang Na intersection in an anti-government rally in Bangkok on November 28, 2020. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Court ruling in favour of Prayut adds fuel to protesters’ fire

Wednesday’s court verdict in favour of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha increases the likelihood of him staying in power at least until his term ends. The Constitutional Court unanimously ruled…

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No end in sight as both sides refuse to shift their stance

Thai politics has arrived at a dead end as neither side shows any sign of stepping away from the tug-of-war they have been playing for nearly five months. Analysts say…

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Verdict on Prayut’s Army residence may be a ‘fire exit’ for govt to escape ongoing conflict

The country is counting down to December 2, when the Constitutional Court is scheduled to rule if Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha should lose his post for violating the charter….

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What chances for charter change bills in Parliament this week?

Parliament will this week (November 17-18) deliberate seven motions seeking amendments to the Constitution, amid mounting pressure for changes to provisions viewed as “problematic”. Among the seven motions, two proposed…

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Protesters wrap Democracy Monument with cloth banner

Anti-government protesters on Saturday rallied at the Democracy Monument which they later wrapped with a huge cloth banner carrying messages denouncing the Prayut government. The wrapping of the monument capped…

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Thailand’s latest reconciliation effort another straw in the hurricane, say critics

Thailand is back at a familiar crossroads after lawmakers proposed another national reconciliation committee as a way out of the escalating standoff between anti-establishment protesters and Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government. But…

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PM Prayut revokes state of emergency

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has revoked the severe state of emergency imposed in Bangkok last week to deal with the ongoing anti-government protests. The revocation, which was published in the…

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Will special Parliament session be a time-buying tactic?

Most observers hold little hope that next week’s extraordinary parliamentary session will lead to concrete solutions satisfactory to both sides in Thailand’s ongoing political conflict. Critics said the move to…

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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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PM’s motto for National Children’s Day

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced his motto for Thailand’s National Children’s Day on January 11th. His motto is “Thai children must uphold unity, and be responsible Thai citizens”. The…

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Charter Court clarifies PM’s status as junta leader

The Constitutional Court ruled this afternoon (Wednesday) that the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is not an “other official of the state”, clearing the way…

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Government policies released, with pledge regarding charter amendments

The Office of the Secretary-General of the Cabinet has released the 66-page full text of the government’s policy statement, which includes 12 major policies and 12 emergency policies. Amending the…

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Challenges facing Prayut’s government

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Prayut finally has his Cabinet

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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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Thanathorn says PM is the cause of Thailand’s political ills

He said today that the Prime Minister had accused politicians of stalling attempts to form the government and had threatened to resort to the “old method” to resolve the problems….

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Gen Prayut taking charge

After General Prayut Chan-o-cha was formally appointed prime minister yesterday, the spotlight is now on the shape of his Cabinet which will most likely be a patchwork of more than…

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General Prem praises PM Prayut’s honesty and selflessness

Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda this morning offered high praise to the present government and commended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for his honesty and selflessness. Referring to him as…

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Parties launch final election push for votes in Bangkok

After most major parties wrapped campaigning Friday night, the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party today used a convoy of campaign trucks in a last-minute bid to reach out to Bangkok’s voters. Core party members and candidates…

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EC says Gen Prayut’s nomination as PM candidate is legal

The Election Commission (EC) has ruled that the Palang Pracharat party’s nomination of General Prayut Chan-o-cha as its prime ministerial candidate is legitimate.   An EC press release today said that the commission had considered a…

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Malaysia can learn from Thailand on caring for neglected children: Deputy PM Wan Azizah

Malaysia can pick up something from the method implemented in Thailand in tackling the issue of neglected children and babies and those without citizenships, said Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Datuk…

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Gen Prayut open to political offer, but in no hurry to say yes

It shouldn’t be a surprise if Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided which of the political parties he will align himself with. But for the time being, he still…

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Junta ponders executive decree to resolve marijuana deadlock

The National Council for Peace and Order is mulling invoking Article 44 of the interim Constitution to resolve the problem over marijuana patents, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in his…

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir pledges to help bring about peace in southern Thailand

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad meets his Thai counterpart General Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok and pledges his help to bring peace in Thailand’s violence-scarred south

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Gen Prayut and the military junta are believed to stand to benefit more from an early election.

Reasons why Thai election can be sooner rather than later

Critics of the military government always suspect that it will keep dragging its feet on the election. However, prolonging the ballot exercise is not necessarily a good idea strategically. Here…

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Prayut visiting Ranong, Chumphon prior to Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his entourage left Bangkok this morning for an inspection trip to the southern provinces of Ranong and Chumphon before attending a mobile Cabinet meeting in…

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Govt’s thank-you party postponed indefinitely

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the government’s thank-you party, originally scheduled for Aug 1, to be postponed indefinitely because many of the guests are currently taking part in relief…

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Officials pledge allegiance to HM the King

Government officials this morning took part in a ceremony to pledge allegiance to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun to mark his 66th birthday on July 28. The ceremony held…

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NCPO denies military role in poaching of ex-MPs

The National Council for Peace and Order has nothing to do with the alleged poaching of former MPs to join politcal parties set up to support Prime Minister Gen Prayut…

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PM thanks all for successful recovery of victims of Phuket boat tragedy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanks all authorities, both Thai and Chinese, for having successfully recovered the bodies of all 47 victims who died on July 5 when the Phoenix dive…

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Prayut thanks all for helping with rescue mission

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today thanked all who have contributed to the successful search and rescue mission that saved 12 young footballers and their coach from more than two weeks…

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PM says remaining 9 survivors to be brought out “as soon as possible”

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said this morning that rescue teams are trying their best to bring the remaining  9 “Wild Boars” soccer team members out of Tham Luang cave…

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Prayut insists popular Chiang Rai governor will be transferred

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha this afternoon reaffirmed the order to transfer the hugely popular Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn to nearby Phayao province. He described Narongsak, who has become…

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PM thanks all parties

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning thanked all parties concerned for the success of the mission that saw the 12 missing young footballers and their coach found alive and…

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