Battle between Thammanat and coalition govt has no losers (except voters): analysts

Palang Pracharath Party’s move to expel secretary-general Thammanat Prompao and 20 other MPs under his control is more of a political soap opera than an actual split, analysts say. It’s…

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One crucial question is whether the by-elections offer any clues to the result of the next general election. Yes and no, say the analysts. (Photo by Christophe Archambault)

A tale of two by-elections: Polls offer clues as Thailand heads into election countdown 

Last Sunday’s by-elections in the southern provinces of Songkhla and Chumphon saw fierce battles between the ruling Palang Pracharath and Democrat Party coalition partners. Victory went to the Democrats, who…

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By-elections underline growing “frenemy” politics

Thailand’s political situation used to be straightforward in the recent past. The Democrats being up against the Shinawatra camp made elections easy to contest and predict. The former were guaranteed…

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Government parties battle for Songkhla and Chumphon House seats in Sunday by-elections

The Democrat and Palang Pracharat parties have been engaging in a fierce war of words over two vacant parliamentary seats, both up for grabs in by-elections in Songkhla’s Constituency 6…

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Former Thai election commissioner urges litigation over alleged election watchdog incompetence

Former election commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn has urged opposition Seri Ruam Thai party to sue Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) over alleged failure in the performance of its duty relating to vote-buying…

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Analysts say Bangkok’s by-election will be a test of rival parties’ popularity with voters ahead of the election for Bangkok governor later this year.

Bangkok by-election a crucial popularity contest for Thailand’s national parties

The Jan 30 by-election in Bangkok’s Constituency 9 will see a riveting battle between the coalition and opposition camps, but also between uneasy allies within the same bloc. Analysts say…

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Thaksin hit by storm that could sink Thailand’s main opposition party

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is seen by most neutral observers as the de-facto leader and patriarch of opposition party Pheu Thai. But the party has always insisted it is…

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A political activist throws paper signs outside the Constitutional Court of Thailand in Bangkok on November 10, 2021, after the court ruled that three Thai protesters’ demands on monarchy reform amounted to calls to overthrow the constitutional monarchy. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

2021: Year of unprecedented monarchy debate capped by a chilling court ruling

Before the birth of the youth-led protest movement in 2020, criticism of the monarchy and calls for changes to the institution were only limited to academia. But after the movement…

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Electoral officials count votes at a polling station in Bangkok on March 24, 2019 after polls closed in Thailand’s general election. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

2021: Year of powerplays, purges and defections as parties begin countdown to Thai general election  

Thai political parties have undergone change, evolution and even transformation in the past year, ahead of a general election expected in the coming year. Parties large and small – as…

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A Thai army soldier (L) stands guard at Democracy Monument as the site of months of anti-government protests is cleaned up a day after the Thai army seized power in Bangkok on May 23, 2014. (Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP)

2021 saw fierce battle to change Thai Constitution and junta legacy, but there was only one winner  

Politicians and activists have attempted to change the Thai Constitution repeatedly over the past year, but only one of the 21 amendment bills managed to clear the obstacle course set…

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Cabinet suspends controversial Chana industrial project, protesters see move as ‘buying time’

The Thai cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to suspend the implementation of the controversial industrial estate project in Chana district of the southern province of Songkhla, pending a new Strategic Environmental…

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‘Disruptor’ Suchatvee Suwansawat ready to shine his bright light on Bangkok

After decades of shining bright in Thailand’s engineering and educational sectors, Prof Dr Suchatvee Suwansawat is now ready to kick-start his political career. The academic is preparing to contest in…

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Roads closed near Government House ahead of arrival of Chana protesters

Police closed roads to traffic near the Government House in Bangkok this morning (Monday), in anticipation of the arrival of protesters from Songkhla province’s Chana district. Police were seen manning…

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Battle to cancel ‘anti-democratic’ orders of Thai junta enters Parliament

A draft law seeking to repeal the post-coup junta’s executive orders is the latest attempt by civil society to uproot the legacy of the military government which ruled from May…

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Two-ballot system will certainly give Pheu Thai a major electoral advantage, most likely at the expense of other major parties like Palang Pracharath and Move Forward. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Electoral changes to test opposition bloc’s unity

Polite words sometimes could not paper over big conflicts in politics, so Pheu Thai and Move Forward speaking nicely to each other or referring to each other amicably regarding the…

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Charter change set to become big issue in Thailand’s general election

Democratic reformists in Thailand have hit a brick wall, after two constitutional amendment bills proposed by civic groups were rejected by Parliament in the space of a year. Politicians and…

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CIA deputy chief meets with Thai PM, DPM Prawit and security council chief

Deputy director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) David Cohen had about 45 minutes of closed door discussions with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during an unscheduled meeting at…

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Bipartisan Constitution actually possible and even easy

This week’s demise of a charter amendment bill sold as “of the people” is not a surprise, but what is bewildering is why people who matter continue to keep away…

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A protester spray paints a message with reference to article 112, Thailand’s lese majeste royal defamation law, during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 14, 2021, after a Thai court ruled that speeches by protest leaders calling for royal reforms amounted to a bid to overthrow the country’s monarchy. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Royalist academic said Thailand’s lèse majesté law needs to be more specific

Thailand needs to have a lèse majesté law for national security. It acts as a defamation law for the royal family. The existing version is, however, too short and needs…

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Bangkok police deny use of live rounds against anti-establishment protesters

The Thai police have not resorted to the use of lethal weapons including live rounds in dealing with anti-establishment protesters, and that only rubber bullets were used, according to Deputy…

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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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Anti-establishment protest in Bangkok Sunday November 15, 2021. (Photo by Thai PBS)

Verdict against monarchy reformers lights fuse for new round of Thai conflict: experts

Last week’s controversial Constitutional Court verdict is likely to rekindle Thailand’s political conflict and fan the flames among anti-establishment groups already furious over legal action stemming from the lèse-majesté law,…

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Virabongsa Ramangkura during a plenary session of the CEO Forum at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, 06 November 2003.

Obituary: Virabongsa: a trusted pilot of Thailand’s economy

The news of the demise of eminent economist Virabongsa Ramangkura on November 7 was received with a deep sense of loss across the country. Numerous Facebook pages were filled with condolences. Virabongsa…

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Charter Court says it rejected protesters’ plea for further enquiry as probe already concluded

Thailand’s Constitutional Court turned down the request, by the three anti-establishment leaders, for the submission of additional oral evidence because it has already completed a year-long investigation under the inquisitorial…

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Jit Poumisak has been described as a Marxist historian, activist, author, philologist, poet, songwriter, and communist revolutionary.

Killed 55 years ago, Thailand’s Che Guevara finally honored by his university

A shocking act of violence shattered the atmosphere in Chulalongkorn University’s auditorium 68 years ago. Jit Poumisak, then a third-year Arts student and editor of CU’s “University” periodical, was addressing…

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Can Democrats crawl their way back?

Thailand’s oldest political party had been there before. By that, before the catastrophic last general election, the Democrats had gone through all kinds of lows, be it devastating insurrection, disastrous…

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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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Move Forward Party warns that if lèse majesté is not amended, it may be repealed

Thailand’s opposition Move Forward Party announced its determination to push for amendments of the lèse majesté law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code), warning that, if the law remains in…

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People hold red candles during a memorial for 15-year-old Warit Somnoi, a protester who has died two months after being shot during an anti-government rally, outside a police station in Bangkok on October 29, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Phra Kiew, Paetongtarn and reconciliation

In politics, a man’s good news is another man’s bad one. However, here’s doom and gloom for all: Long-lasting national peace will remain very remote no matter what happens from…

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Public health can aid proactive Thai diplomacy

A carefully-crafted national public health plan with proactive diplomacy can help Thailand to participate in global health development and deal with emerging diseases in the coming decades, suggested a panel of…

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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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Judgement day for Paiboon Nititawan, protector of junta-sponsored Constitution

A Constitutional Court ruling due to be issued on Wednesday (Oct 20) holds the key to the political future of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party’s legal expert Paiboon Nititawan, with big impacts…

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This file photo taken on June 4, 2021, Sitanun Satsaksit (C), sister of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who went missing in Cambodia in 2020, commemorates the first anniversary of his enforced disappearance with a candlelight vigil in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Will new law end Thailand’s dark era of torture and disappearances?

Uproar over the recent killing of a drug suspect by police investigators has revived debate on the need for a law banning torture and killings by state officials. And the…

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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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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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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha at Parliament during a a censre debate on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. (Photo by Thai PBS)

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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Dissident Pheu Thai MP abstains from censure vote against five ministers

Renegade Pheu Thai MP Sarunvuth Sarunkate, of Thailand’s northern province of Uttaradit, admitted today (Saturday) that he defied the party whip, to vote against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, by abstaining…

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PM vows to spend rest of year rebuilding the Thai economy and the country

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has refuted the Opposition’s claim that his government should be held accountable for all the COVID-19 deaths, as a result of its failures in managing…

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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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With coronavirus playing variable, Thai political war rages on

Rival Thai politicians and their supporters are gambling on how the country’s COVID-19 situation will pan out in the immediate future. If it gets worse significantly or improves remarkably, nothing…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on September 1, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaking at a briefing on the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case at the Government House in Bangkok.

Thai PM accused of being biggest borrower and spender, but with few achievements

Seri Ruam Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet has accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of being the biggest borrower and spender of all Thailand’s prime ministers and of being…

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Prayut govt tipped to escape – but wounded – from this week’s censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is bracing for his third censure debate this week when he and five other Cabinet members will be grilled by opposition politicians. The attacks will center…

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Is Talugas part of two-pronged strategy by anti-government protesters?

Recent weeks have seen the emergence of youth-led violent protests at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection – in what observers view as a strategy to help support the mainly peaceful anti-establishment…

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Tanat Thanakitamnuay – the royalist rich kid turned ‘wounded hero’ for democracy

Tanat Thanakitamnuay was addressing a crowd of anti-government protesters in Bangkok on August 13 when he was hit by a projectile that his family says permanently blinded him in one…

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Suchart Sawasdsri: Artist caught in political crossfire

As a prolific writer and editor, Suchart Sawasdsri was honored with the role of the national artist (literature) in 2011. However, as a keen political observer and critic, he is…

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Protest casualties a result of police brutality or work of ‘third hand’?

Police are under fire over their handling of anti-government protesters who have taken to the streets almost daily since early this month. The methods being used by police are viewed…

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House passes Thailand’s 37.6 billion baht public health budget in its second reading

Thailand’s House of Representatives passed the Public Health Ministry’s (MoPH) 37.6 billion baht budget for the 2022 fiscal year, in its second reading today (Saturday), by 242:124 votes,despite opposition MPs’…

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File photo of Thaksin Shinawatra being interviewed by Agence France-presse in Hong Kong. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

New “Thaksin’s wave” peculiar in its timing

Politics, whether it’s an extreme dictatorship, mild fascism, or full-blown democracy, is all about magnifying opponents’ faults and belittling your own in the full glare of the public. Motives are to…

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Hard-core protesters in street battles with police in Bangkok on Tuesday night

Hard-core anti-establishment protesters fought street battles with the police, throwing their “ping pong” bombs, bricks and other hard objects, in response to the police use of teargas, water cannons and…

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Thai civil court rejects ban on rubber bullets, orders police to exercise more caution

Thailand’s Civil Court rejected an application for an injunction forbidding the police from using rubber bullets against anti-establishment protesters, citing the necessity under the State of Emergency to bring “emergencies”…

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Thailand’s anti-establishment protesters issue five demands

Anti-government protesters, led by the “United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration” group on Tuesday issued five demands, and urged all officials to rebel against the government and all businesses to…

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Anti-government protest scheduled in several provinces today

There are anti-government protests scheduled to take place in Bangkok and in several other provinces today (Saturday). While the police have already set up barricades with razor wire and shipping containers…

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32 anti-government protesters arrested, Amnesty calls the move ‘climate of fear’

32 anti-government protesters, belonging to the “Talu Fah” group, were arrested yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol Maj-Gen Piya Tavichai confirmed today (Tuesday), while Amnesty International (AI)…

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Classmates of Thai PM’s daughters want her to ask her father to resign

Former classmates, who studied at the Faculty of Communication Arts of Chulalongkorn University with, both twin daughters of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, have asked them to tell their father to…

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Will Phuket be the last straw that breaks camel’s back?

The answer will depend primarily on the COVID-19 numbers at Thailand’s popular island resort. But how the Prayut administration will look coming out of a potential Phuket nightmare will also…

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Call-out culture: Poison or nectar for social activism in Thailand?

Calling people out has become popular among Thai social-media users in recent times, and now they are pressuring local celebrities and stars to take a stance – usually on political…

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Nuttaa Mahattana: the democracy icon who turned on the anti-govt movement

Once a darling of the anti-establishment movement, Nuttaa “Bow” Mahattana is now being denounced as a traitor to the cause – though the human rights activist insists she is just…

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The myth about America and COVID-19

Simple math and the almost-worldwide belief that good coronavirus vaccines are in the United States make its current situation mind-boggling. Its population is roughly 4.7 times that of Thailand, but…

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Royal Thai Navy soldiers guides a landing craft during a training exercise at Chulaporn camp in Thailand’s southern Narathiwat province on March 31, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Thailand’s submarine plan torpedoed again as govt takes flak for COVID battle

Thailand’s Navy has once again shelved plans to buy Chinese submarines, following growing pressure on the government to divert the budget for their purchase to tackle the worsening COVID-19 crisis….

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Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of World Economic Forum on Mekong region in Hanoi on October 25, 2016. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Is ‘economics tsar’ Somkid Jatusripitak preparing to make a comeback?

Famed as Thailand’s top “economics tsar”, former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak has served both elected governments and a junta regime during his long and colorful career. Somkid, 68, abruptly quit…

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Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, the firebrand MP grilling Thailand’s vaccine strategy

Debutant MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn from the opposition Move Forward Party has campaigned relentlessly for full disclosure of the government’s vaccine procurement contracts, insisting that transparency is vital in the fight…

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“Car mob” protesters rally in Bangkok to demand PM’s removal

The “car mob” protesters, led by political activist Sombat Boonngarm-anong, rallied in different parts of Bangkok this afternoon (Saturday), to put pressure on government coalition parties to dump Prime Minister…

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Two protest groups rally to demand Thai PM’s resignation

Two groups of protesters gathered, as they said they would, near Government House in Bangkok late Saturday afternoon, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Led by Mr….

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Cracked alliances heighten state of flux

Pheu Thai and Move Forward are reportedly not seeing eye to eye. But neither are Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Palang Pracharath, and the latter pair’s conflict can be more…

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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)

Will new referendum law help unlock Thailand’s political impasse – or just deepen divisions?

Hopes for a new and more democratic Thai Constitution rose this week when the referendum bill sailed through Parliament. The government-sponsored bill paves the way for a public vote on…

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Thai protest groups vow to rally again on Saturday to demand the removal of PM

Two anti-government protest groups have vowed to resume their rally at Government House in Bangkok tomorrow (Saturday), after they ended their protest on Thursday night. Mr. Nititorn Lumlua, a core…

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Anti-establishment protesters commemorate change to constitutional monarchy on Thursday

Thai anti-establishment protesters, including “Ratsadon” and affiliated groups, gathered at the Democracy Monument early on Thursday, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the bloodless revolution, which transformed Thailand into a…

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‘Secret’ security spending under fire as Thai budget prioritises defence over health

The opposition is targeting a “secret budget” worth more than Bt1 billion while vetting the Bt3.1-trillion budget for the 2022 fiscal year. The budget bill passed its first parliamentary reading…

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Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana: Prayut’s new defender 

As the new spokesman of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana’s first job was to defend the government’s relief measures for people affected by COVID-19. His opening…

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13 charter change bills enter Parliament battle zone. Will any survive? 

Parliament is scheduled to deliberate 13 charter amendment bills this week, but only a few are expected to make it through to the national assembly, a third of which is…

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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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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Narathiwat on March 24, 2019 during Thailand’s general election. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

COVID-19 to determine election timing, and perhaps winners

Humans make rules, dissolve parliaments, woo voters, mark ballots, and set up administrations, but the new normal of politics stipulates that they aren’t the ones actually in control. Those activities…

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Bell rings for round 2 of Constitution fight, with Thailand’s supreme law at stake

The draft bill for a national referendum on charter change is back in the spotlight, with Parliament due next week to resume deliberations that were suspended in April. The government-sponsored bill would…

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Pita Limjaroenrat, the leader of the Move Forward Party, is on the podium at a press conference, announcing their stance on the constitution amendment, on June 16, 2021.

After controversial rulings, Thai opposition pushes to criminalise judicial distortion of law

The opposition Move Forward Party is pushing for an amendment to the Criminal Code that would punish judicial personnel for “distorting the law”. Move Forward, aka “Kao Klai” in Thai,…

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The giant-killer of Thai politics, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana takes aim at new target    

Politics is a game where there are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests. The old saying was proved true again recently when veteran politician Ruangkrai Leekitwattana…

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Signals point to an early election in Thailand

When Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered his Cabinet last week to speed up implementation of public projects as the government only had one year left in office, many saw it…

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Ex-PM Yingluck and cabinet cleared over 1.9 billion baht compensation for victims of political violence

Exiled Former Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and her cabinet, have been cleared of any wrongdoing by an investigative panel of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), in connection with the…

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Protesters hold banners and masks with the face of Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit during a protest outside the Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on December 3, 2020, six months after his alleged kidnapping in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

A year on from Thai activist’s kidnap in Cambodia, family in anguish but authorities silent

This month marks a year since Thai government critic Wanchalearm “Tar” Satsaksit disappeared following his apparent abduction in Cambodia on June 4, 2020. His family, friends, and fellow activists have…

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Govt move to restrict freedom of information is a mandate for corruption, critics warn

Proposed amendments to the Official Information Act are aimed at protecting state secrets, contrary to the law’s original goal of securing the public’s right to access government data, critics warn. …

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From friends to foes: How former yellow-shirt leaders have turned against Prayut

Thai politics has taken a surprising twist amid the worsening COVID-19 crisis, with supporters of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha now joining loud calls for him to quit. Previously seen as…

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Anwar Salaeh, the Democrat fighting for party’s return to anti-authoritarian roots    

While for outsiders Anwar Salaeh is a rebel MP, most of his fellow Democrats consider him a black sheep for his role as an opponent of both his party and…

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court is often involved in cases that always divide opinions. (File photo)

Controversial Thammanat ruling triggers push to reform Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court’s controversial ruling last week in favour of Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thammanat Prompow has upset many people, including supporters of the government. Thammanat, a key dealmaker…

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Court’s decision on convicted Thai minister ‘shocking, but not surprising’

Disappointment, anger and despair is rumbling through Thai society after Thammanat Prompow was let off the hook by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday. Though many were unsurprised by the verdict,…

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Thailand’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao gestures at Government House (File photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

“It was flour” – Thai justice ridiculed as court decision over convicted minister branded “its lowest point”

Yesterday’s Constitutional Court verdict, which allows controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow to retain his ministerial post and MP status, despite his drug trafficking conviction in Australia in the 1990’s,…

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Passengers wearing face masks and a protective suit as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus arriving at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Migration push among young-gen Thais ignites fierce debate over country’s direction

Thai social media has lit up with heated debate about citizens who have vowed to leave the country over growing frustration with the government’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. Both sides of…

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Thai ex-convict Deputy Minister spared the axe by Charter Court

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled today (Wednesday) that Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow, who was found guilty of drug trafficking by an Australian court in 1993, can retain his ministerial post…

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Is murky past about to catch up with govt ‘fixer’ Thamanat?

When General Prawit Wongsuwan took control of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party in June last year, among his core tasks was to manage the internal power struggle between party factions….

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One protester arrested after a clash in front of Bangkok Criminal Court

One Redem protester was arrested on Sunday night, following a clash between crowd control police and some hard-core protesters who refused to disperse after the protest in front of the…

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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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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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A statue of Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi at Marina Beach in Chennai, India. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

How the world has changed since Gandhi

Human beings’ “fights for freedom” have come a long way since the man loved and idolized by so many all across the world and considered a symbol of peaceful resistance…

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iLaw rallied to submit signatures of charter changes supporters at the parliament house in September 22, 2020.

Thailand’s NGO law: Uprooting foreign influence or gagging govt critics? 

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are coming under tougher government scrutiny in many countries, and Thailand recently joined the trend by introducing a draft law that would allow state monitoring of NGO…

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LINE chat circulated at the weekend a complete fabrication – US Embassy

The LINE chat between someone, said to be a US Embassy official, and a Thai political activist, is a complete fabrication and the US government is not funding or providing…

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How hunger strikes became a powerful tool against oppression

Supporters of the anti-establishment movement are calling on two detained protest leaders to end their hunger strike as concerns for their health grow. The calls are mounting as Parit “Penguin”…

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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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The rise and fall of Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand’s first COVID-positive Cabinet minister

Saksayam Chidchob was previously best known as the “nominee” of his older brother, veteran politician Newin. However, last week he landed himself in trouble by becoming the first Cabinet member…

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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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Sick of polarised politics, Bangkok voters favour ‘independent’ as governor election looms

While opinion polls show Bangkok voters favour independent candidates in the upcoming governor election, observers say the “swing vote” in the capital makes it difficult to predict a winner. Many…

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Anti-establishment protest on October 14, 2020

Thailand’s path to a democratic charter becoming vicious circle

The push to change the junta-sponsored Constitution is back at square one after the amendment bill paving the way for a charter rewrite was shot down in its final reading…

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