Sarng Anakot Thai party leader and secretary-general officially join Palang Pracharath

Sarng Anakot Thai Party Leader Uttama Savanayana, party secretary Sontirat Sontijirawong and General Wit Dhephasdin na Ayudhya, leader of Thailand Together Party, formally joined the Palang Pracharath Party today (Monday)….

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Court rejects bail applications for 10 political prisoners and detainees

The Criminal Court has rejected bail applications for ten “political” prisoners and detainees on the grounds that most of them have been charged with serious offenses, which range from possession…

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Man dies in front of Criminal Court while demanding release of political prisoners

An elderly man, who had been protesting in front of the Criminal Court in Bangkok for the past couple of days demanding the release of all political detainees and prisoners,…

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Thailand’s amended law on constituency and party-list MPs promulgated

The amended Election Act for constituency and party-list MPs came into force today (Sunday) following its publication in the Royal Gazette yesterday. Under the amended law, there will be 400…

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Palang Pracharath and Sarng Anakot Thai parties in merger talks

Several key members of Thailand’s Sarng Anakot Thai Party are expected to return to the Palang Pracharath Party in the latest realignment, in preparation for the next general election scheduled…

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

Prawit Wongsuwan officially named Palang Pracharat’s only candidate for PM  

Palang Pracharath Party Leader Prawit Wongsuwan was formally nominated as the party’s sole candidate for next prime minister at its general meeting on Friday. Wirat Rattanaseth, a deputy party leader,…

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Paetongtarn Shinawatra says she is ready to be Pheu Thai’s PM candidate

Head of the “Pheu Thai Family”, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, said Sunday that she is ready to stand as the party’s candidate for prime minister in the general elections and that the…

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PM Prayut formally joins United Thai Nation Party

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha formally joined the United Thai Nation (Ruam Thai Sang Chart) Party on Monday, at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. In addition to key members, led…

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More revealed about the scandal implicating a former deputy PM

Whistle-blowing lawyer Sittra Biabungkerd offered more details today (Monday) about the sex scandal implicating a former deputy prime minister (DPM), saying that the DPM in question had quit the opposition…

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Thai court revokes bail for two monarchy reform activists

The Criminal Court revoked the bail for two monarchy reform activists today (Monday), after they had breached their bail conditions by getting involved in public protests. The court also issued…

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Probe sought into sex scandal allegedly involving former deputy prime minister

A Pheu Thai MP has demanded that party leader, Chonlanan Srikaew, investigate an allegation by a lawyer that a former deputy prime minister in the government of Prime Minister Yingluck…

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Thai politics will still see neither clear ideology nor sustained policies in 2023

Looking into 2023, the future of Thai politics remains uncertain, considering major reshuffles and internal rifts in various political parties. General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s future as Thailand’s prime minister is also…

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PM expects to join United Thai Nation Party formally on Jan 9th

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to apply formally for membership of the United Thai Nation Party (Ruam Thai Sang Chart) on Monday January 9th at the Queen Sirikit National…

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Thailand’s Cannabis Bill in limbo as House meeting lacks a quorum again

The fate of the Bhumjaithai Party’s Cannabis Bill has been thrown into limbo once again, after numerous MPs refused to declare their presence in the chamber, bringing the House meeting…

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PM waiting for right time to join United Thai Nation Party

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday that he is waiting for the right timing to apply to become a member of the United Thai Nation Party adding, however, that…

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Bhumjaithai Party ready to join any party to form the next government

The Bhumjaithai Party is ready to join hands with any party to form a new government, after the next general election. Its leader, Anutin Charnvirakul, is qualified to be the…

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PM announces his decision to join United Thai Nation Party

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced today (Friday) that he has decided to join the United Thai Nation Party (Ruam Thai Sang Chart), ending months-long speculation about when he will formally…

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House meeting adjourned because deputy house speaker was hungry

A House meeting in Thailand’s parliament was abruptly adjourned yesterday afternoon (Thursday), after Deputy House Speaker Suchart Tancharoen told MPs that he was hungry. The sudden end to the meeting…

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Thailand’s Election Commission allots free air time for party political broadcasts

The Election Commission (EC) has allocated free air time on state-run radio and television stations for political parties which won House seats in the last election to proclaim their achievements….

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Former Democrat MP Nipit formally joins Palang Pracharath Party

Former Democrat MP Nipit Intarasombut was formally presented to the media today (Tuesday) as a new member of the Palang Pracharath Party, responsible for election campaigning in Thailand’s southern provinces….

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Speculation grows over who will attend opening of Bhumjaithai’s renovated office

The Bhumjaithai Party will formally open its newly-renovated head office this Friday, but many are keener to see how many defectors from the other parties will show up. It is…

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Poll shows Pheu Thai Party stands best chance of forming next government

Opposition Pheu Thai is the party with the best chance offorming the next government, followed by the Move Forward and the Palang Pracharath parties, according to a poll by the…

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Thai PM urged to find ways to prevent collapse of House meetings

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to meet with leaders of coalition parties to discuss ways to prevent the collapse of House meetings. He also urged…

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Thai PM vows not to tolerate corruption in government bureaucracy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Friday) that he has never been involved in corruption throughout his career in government service and he does not tolerate corruption in the government’s…

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High minimum wage: Devil is in the details

Morally, it’s undisputed. Economically, it’s questionable. Politically, it’s a no-no. All of them, of course, come with a big “Unless”. That’s how Thailand should proceed with the Pheu Thai Party’s…

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Thai Charter Court rules MP election bill is constitutional

The Constitutional Court ruled today (Wednesday) that using 100, instead of 500, as the divider in the formula for the calculation of party-list House seat allocation, as stipulated in the…

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How House dissolution has shaped the course of Thai politics

Since the country’s first general election in November 1933 after becoming a constitutional monarchy, the elected House of Representatives has been dissolved 13 times – mostly following conflicts in coalition…

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Progressive movement hopes for endorsement of Bill to decentralise power

Thailand’s Progressive Movement has expressed hope that its draft Bill, to amend Section 147 of the Constitution and decentralise local administration, will pass its first reading inthe joint session of…

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Ratsadon leaders acquitted over protest at Democracy Monument in 2020

The Dusit District Court in Bangkok acquitted six anti-establishment Ratsadon protest leaders yesterday (Monday) of defying the Emergency Decree and the law on public assembly, in connection with a protest…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha chairs the opening of “BCG Economy for APEC Exhibition” at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, in Bangkok last month. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai PM says cabinet reshuffle before New Year

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has indicated that he might order a minor cabinet reshuffle before the New Year. The prime minister was challenged by a group of reporters at Impact…

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This picture taken on April 18, 2022 shows the logo of Thailand’s Democrat Party outside its headquarters in Bangkok. (Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Democrat disarray: What’s behind the dramatic decline of Thailand’s oldest party?

The Democrat Party’s ongoing dramatic decline is down to the hierarchical structure and culture of seniority in the country’s oldest political outfit, say analysts, who warn that only radical reform…

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Poll – Thailand’s central provinces want Paetongtarn Shinawatra as next PM

Eligible voters in Thailand’s central region favour Paetongtarn Shinawatra, youngest daughter of fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin, as Thailand’s next prime minister and the Pheu Thai Party to govern, according…

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House unanimously votes for referendum before drafting new charter for Thailand

The Thai House of Representatives voted unanimously today (Thursday) to propose that the cabinet holds a referendum, to gauge the opinions of the Thai people about the drafting of a…

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Opposition will ask EC to dissolve Bhumjaithai Party over its liberal cannabis policy

Opposition parties plan to ask Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) to dissolve the Bhumjaithai Party, for alleged violation of the Political Parties Act, over its policy to decriminalise cannabis. Opposition leader…

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New Chart Pattana Kla party leader vows to return prosperity to Thailand

Newly-elected leader of the Chart Pattana Kla Party, Korn Chatikavanij, has vowed to overhaul the Thai economy and bureaucracy, to bring prosperity and a better future for all Thais, with…

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Recent file photo of Move Forward declaring its stance on Article 112

Move Forward proposes amnesty for political, Article 112 offenders

The Move Forward Party, a political party known for its anti-establishment stance, has proposed a series of reforms as its platform for the next general elections that include amending the…

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King-maker Newin vows to support Anutin as next PM

Newin Chidchob, a veteran politician and the unofficial patriarch of Bhumjaithai Party, pledged Tuesday to help Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul to become prime minister after the next general elections….

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Security tight at Constitutional Court ahead of Prayut’s premiership term ruling today Friday

Thailand’s Constitutional Court and its offices have been declared restricted areas from 7pm Thursday night until 6am on Monday, ahead of the court’s ruling on the 8-year term in office…

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Thailand’s Chart Pattana renamed Chart Pattana Kla party

The Chart Pattana party was officially renamed Chart Pattana Kla party at its extraordinary general meeting in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima today (Monday). Former Kla party leader Korn…

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New leader of Thailand’s “For the National” party emphasises equality as top priority

Members of the For the National Party (Pheu Chart) elected a new 15-member executive committee yesterday (Saturday) with Pawitsarat Tiyapairat as the new party leader. Daughter of former House Speaker…

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Thai Deputy Interior Minister Nipon quits fight charge of alleged misconduct

Deputy Interior Minister Nipon Boonyamanee has resigned from his post to face trial in the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases on a charge of malfeasance, for his refusal…

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Former DPM Somkid quits Saha Pathana to prepare for political comeback

One of Thailand’s former Finance Ministers, Somkid Jatusripitak, has quit as chairman and director of Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Plc (SPI), effective August 31st, apparently with the intention to join the…

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Pheu Thai Party will not attend special joint sitting of parliament to deliberate electoral bill

Thailand’s core opposition party, Pheu Thai, will stay away from the joint special sitting of the House and Senate tomorrow (Monday), being convened to deliberate the final reading of the…

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Electoral law amendment bill doomed as joint sitting of parliament lacks quorum

The bill to amend the organic law on the election of MPs, which seeks to return to using 500 seats as the basis for the calculation of party-list seats in…

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Ex-PM Thaksin wins 17 billion baht Revenue Department tax case

Exiled former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has won a tax case, involving the Revenue Department, after the Central Tax Court ruled that the department’s order for his two children…

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Thai army spends over 7 million baht to test useless GT200 bomb scanners

The opposition Move Forward party is demanding an explanation from the army over its spending of more than seven million baht to hire the National Science and Technology Development Agency…

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Pheu Thai considers action against 7 MPs who supported 2023 budget bill

The ethical and disciplinary committee of the opposition Pheu Thai party will consider how to deal with seven dissident MPs, who voted in support of the government’s budget bill forthe…

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Deeper look into City Assembly votes

The Pheu Thai Party has a strong cause for celebration. Move Forward, if it wants to celebrate as well, must do so cautiously. The Democrats still have their work cut…

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Deputy leader of Thailand’s Democrat party quits amid sexual harassment allegations

A deputy leader of the Democrat Party, Prinn Panitchpakdi, announced his resignation from all posts in the party today (Thursday), as he categorically denied multiple allegations of sexual harassment on…

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Move Forward party leader most popular candidate for prime minister – NIDA Poll

Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat has taken the lead as the candidate most favoured by the public as the next Thai prime minister, according to the latest opinion survey…

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Democrat defections: Thailand’s oldest party faces existential crisis as election looms

The coalition Democrat Party has seen several high-profile defections over recent weeks, as politicians prepare for the next general election. In fact, the phenomenon dubbed “Democrat bleeding” by the media…

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In 2018, Netiwit accepted an invitation to speak at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway on the topic “The Student vs the Military”. He was featured as one of “50 Asians to watch” in the public and social sector by Singapore’s Straits Times. And Time magazine described him as a “messenger of social sanity” in its June 2017 article about his role as a student activist.(Photo by @NetiwitC on Twitter)

Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal: The student leader fighting against dictatorship as ‘messenger of social sanity’

For outspoken student activist Netiwit “Frank” Chotiphatphaisal, last week’s decision by Chulalongkorn University executives to remove him as its Student Government president was comparable to a coup. The decision was…

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Anutin claims two sacked Palang Pracharath MPs joined Bhumjaithai willingly

Anutin claims two sacked Palang Pracharath MPs joined Bhumjaithai willingly

Thailand’s Public Health Minister and Bhumjaithai Party Leader Anutin Charnvirakul maintained today (Tuesday) that Ekkarat Changlao and his son Wattana, both former MPs of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party and…

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Why Gen Prayut may have to switch parties to remain in power

Three years after accepting Palang Pracharath’s invitation to stand as its candidate for prime minister, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha faces a stark choice: Remain with the ruling party and risk political…

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Fifty shades of “Salim”

When future historians deal with political “colors” in Thailand, the first thing they will probably need to do is acquaint themselves with words like “Burgundy”, or “Carmine”, or “Amaranth”, or…

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From Thaksin’s crooner to Prayut’s promoter – the pinball political career of Seksakol Atthawong

Once a red-shirt leader dubbed “Isan Rambo”, Seksakol Atthawong has made yet another political pivot, leaving the ruling Palang Pracharath to join a new party aiming to secure Prime Minister…

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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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A board displays the vote-counting result of Bangkok’s constituency 9 by-election on Sunday evening.

Big defeat in Bangkok could be beginning of end for Prayut’s government: analysts

Predictions of defeat for the ruling Palang Pracharath Party were being made several days before last Sunday’s Constituency 9 by-election in Bangkok, but few analysts expected such a devastating loss….

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Constituency 9 voters: Don’t count on us to be “accountable”

It was a peculiar electoral outcome that “winners” may celebrate cautiously and some “losers” can find encouraging. Ballots cast in Bangkok’s Laksi and Chatuchak districts on Sunday show that races…

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Interior minister hints at Bangkok governor election in May

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Phaochinda today hinted at the possibility that the long-awaited Bangkok governor election could be held in May this year. He said an election for the mayor…

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Pheu Thai leader calls for House dissolution after by-election win on Sunday

Pheu Thai party leader Chonlanan Srikaew is urging Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to dissolve parliament and to hold a snap election, noting that the defeat of the ruling Palang Pracharat…

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Pheu Thai’s Surachart claims by-election victory

Pheu Thai Party’s candidate Surachart Thienthong has claimed victory in Bangkok’s Constituency 9 by-election in what is seen as a blow to the ruling Palang Pracharat Party which dominated the…

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Ex-ministers’ new political party faces uphill climb for electoral success

Sarng Anacot Thai Party, the new political party launched last week by former economic ministers in the current government, lacks the magnetic pull to win the hearts of people, say…

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Sacked, ousted and still on top: The rollercoaster career of Thamanat Prompow

Thamanat Prompow’s ouster from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party last week for “causing serious division” was only the latest twist in this political dealmaker’s rollercoaster career.   Palang Pracharath’s surprising and…

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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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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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The Democrat candidate has a strong chance according to one “loyalty” scenario.

‘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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Recent file photo of Move Forward declaring its stance on Article 112

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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Paiboon Nititawan

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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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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