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Thai MPs call for PM to resign following oath omission

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Though Prayut Chan-O-Cha and his cabinet pledged loyalty to the king, they did not recite allegiance to the constitution upon being sworn in as the civilian premier in July

RESIGNATION CALLS. Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the opening of the Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs Conference (IPACC) meeting in Bangkok on September 9, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

New Thai leader keeps junta powers of arbitrary detention

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defends his original invoking of junta-era powers as a way of 'solving problems'

NEW THAI LEADER. Prayut Chan-O-Cha smiles after the royal endorsement ceremony appointing him as Thailand's new prime minister at Government House in Bangkok on June 11, 2019. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai junta chief Prayut made prime minister in royal decree

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:32 PM

'I will promote a peaceful environment for a unified society based on love, unity and compassion,' Prayut says after the royal decree was read out at Government House

PRIME MINISTER. Prayut Chan-O-Cha smiles after the royal endorsement ceremony appointing him as Thailand's new prime minister at Government House in Bangkok on June 11, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai lawmakers elect junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha as PM

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:25 AM

Prayut Chan-O-Cha sweeps aside his sole challenger, the charismatic 40-year-old billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit who led the anti-military bloc, comfortably passing the 375-vote threshold to win a majority

PRIME MINISTER. This file photo shows Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels, Belgium in October 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Thai parliament to vote for PM with junta chief in prime position

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who seized power in 2014, is all but assured of completing his transformation from junta head to civilian leader with the support of 250 hand-picked senators

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Prayut Chan-O-Cha plays a traditional flute as he arrives at the Government House for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on March 26, 2019, two days after the country's general election. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai junta-backed party needs few allies after election count

May 09, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The Junta-linked Palang Pracharat party now has 115 seats in the lower house, only 11 votes shy of a majority in the combined parliament thanks to 250 military-appointed senators

JUNTA-BACKED PARTY. In this file photo, candidates for the Palang Pracharath Party stand on stage in front of a screening of number one candidate and current Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, during a rally in the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima on March 10, 2019. File photo by Lillian  Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

May 06, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'I want the unity shown here with this goodwill to be an encouraging sign for everybody, all sides to perform their duties for the prosperity of our country,' King Maha Vajiralongkorn says

KING. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (C), Queen Suthida and his daughter Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (L) wave to well-wishers from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall of the Grand Palace as they grant a public audience on the final day of his royal coronation in Bangkok on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Thai junta chief demands action to cut smog

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:40 PM

The smog-hit northern city of Chiang Mai is given 7 days to crack down on spiralling pollution

POLLUTION. Smog covers the landscape of the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai on April 3, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

7 Thai parties form coalition to thwart junta

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Pheu Thai, affiliated with self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, joins forces with 6 other parties in a bid to halt military-backed factions from leading the country

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at the Government House for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on March 26, 2019, two days after the country's general election.  Ye Aung THU / AFP

Cliffhanger election looms as record number of Thais turn out for early voting

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:39 PM

With election day looming, voter enthusiasm is writ large across the country and online, with Thais sharing memes and engaging in online debate

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her ballot during early voting in Bangkok on March 17, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election.Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Thai junta chief says cybersecurity bill not used to 'tap' phones

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha says: 'When I talk about cybersecurity, don't get this confused with human rights... No one will tap phone calls of others'

Thai general who led coup pines for 'democracy' in election ballad

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:50 PM

A former army chief who seized power in 2014, Prayut Chan-o-cha wants to return after March 24 polls as a civilian prime minister and pens songs intended to inspire the nation

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. This handout picture taken and released by Royal Thai Government on February 16, 2019 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) speaking with a woman at the Chatuchak market in Bangkok. Handout photo by Royal Thai Government/AFP

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defense spending

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The country spends among the most on defense in Southeast Asia and recent big purchases have drawn criticism in a state riddled with inequality and corruption

DEFENSE SPENDING. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at Government House before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Junta chief's bid for prime minister intact after whirlwind week in Thai politics

Feb 15, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Still standing after the spin-dryer events of the last week, loyalists of Prayut Chan-O-Cha say his bid for premier is in robust shape

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'Above us is His Majesty and the monarchy,' Preechaphol Pongpanit tells reporters at the party's headquarters

THAI POLITICS. Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit makes the traditional Thai gesture of respect while speaking to journalists on arrival at the party headquarters in Bangkok on February 12, 2019. Photo By Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai junta chief decries coup conjecture as 'fake news'

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:11 PM

'We're investigating. Fake news,' he tells reporters at Government House about the speculation of an impending coup

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. This handout photo released and taken by Royal Thai Government on February 11, 2019 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha presiding over a meeting at the Government House in Bangkok. Handout photo by Royal Thai Government/AFP

Thai princess, junta chief to run for prime minister

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Thai Princess Ubolratana and junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha will run for prime minister in upcoming general elections, to be held in March

IN THE RUNNING. Composite image of Thai Princess Ubolratana and Prayut Chan-O-Cha. Photos by Mike Clarke and Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Politicos register for Thailand's first election since 2014 coup

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The registration is marked by a festive atmosphere, with supporters of dozens of groups waving neon banners and party flags as they enter a stadium in central Bangkok

REGISTRATION. A supporter displays a placard of Action Coalition for Thailand party candidate Man Charoenwan, depicted as 'Superman' during registration with the election commission in Bangkok on February 4, 2019. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir visits Thailand

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:17 PM

Malaysia is seen as a facilitator in achieving peace in Thailand's mainly Muslim southern region

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) and Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) leave after a joint press conference at the Government House in Bangkok on October 24, 2018. Malaysia's new leader Mahathir Mohamad meets his Thai counterpart on October 24 in his first visit to his northern neighbour as hopes rise that he can help prospects for peace in Thailand's violence-scarred south. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Unfriend: Thai junta leader flooded with negative comments on FB

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Asking for 'suggestions' in his debut on Facebook, Thailand's premier receives over 9,000 comments in less than 24 hours, the majority of them negative

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thai cave boys speak of 'miracle' rescue after hospital discharge

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The "Wild Boars" team members look healthy and happy as they answer questions about the 9 days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team

WILD BOARS. Rescued Thai football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) together with 12 children pays tribute during a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18, 2018 following their discharge from the hospital to volunteer and former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died during the rescue operation. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Protest greets 4th year of Thai junta rule

May 22, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Disquiet with the junta is simmering in Thailand, despite a ban on political gatherings since a coup toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22, 2014

4 YEARS. Demonstrators holding placards with a caricature depicting Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha as Pinocchio stand next to police barricade outside Thammasat University during a protest to mark the 4th year of junta rule in Bangkok on May 22, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai PM says elections to be held no later than February next year

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:03 PM

'I say it clearly, that the election will be held no later than February 2019,' says Prime Minister and junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Not cut out for the job: Thai PM's stunt bemuses public

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Talking to reporters outside Government House on Monday, Prayut turned the media's attention to a life-size likeness of himself after an aide dutifully places the cut-out in front of a microphone

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Thai junta chief vows elections in November 2018

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:40 PM

'In November 2018 there will be an election. Is it clear?' the often gruff leader tells reporters, adding he would announce the exact date next June

THAILAND ELECTIONS? Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha looks on as he walks during a welcoming ceremony for Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena at Government House in Bangkok on November 2,2015. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Trump hails 'very strong' ties with Thailand

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:10 AM

Describing Prayut's visit as a 'great honor,' Trump offers a symbolic show of unity with the man behind a 2014 takeover that resulted in Washington cutting aid and cooling relations

PRAYUT IN DC. US President Donald Trump and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha take part in a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Thai junta chief says fugitive ex-PM Yingluck in Dubai

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Prayut Chan-O-Cha's first clear comments on Yingluck's whereabouts comes a month after she ghosted out off Thailand, ducking a court ruling over charges she failed to stop graft and losses in a costly rice subsidy policy

FUGITIVE. In this file photo, Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives gifts from supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years for negligence

Sep 27, 2017 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'The court found that the defendant is guilty as charged... the court has sentenced her to 5 years in prison and the court also unanimously agreed that the sentence will not be suspended,' a judge says

YINGLUCK. Yingluck Shinawatra at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Trump to host Thai junta chief at White House next week

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:48 PM

'President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the relationship between the United States and a key partner and longstanding ally in Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand,' the White House says in a statement late Monday

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Thailand's Prayut Chan-o-cha looks on as he walks during a welcoming ceremony for Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena at Government House in Bangkok on November 2,2015. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Floods in Thailand's northeast kill 23

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:02 PM

The flash floods disrupt air travel inundate rail tracks and swallow farmland across the rice farming region of Isaan affecting more than one million Thais

Thai junta mulls powers to access private cyber data

May 17, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The bill is proposed after the massive WannaCry cyberattack sparked havoc in computer systems worldwide but it is controversial because Thailand adopted cyber laws used as a cudgel against government critics

CYBER DATA ACCESS? Thailand's Prayut Chan-O-Cha is greeted by military officers during a visit to Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on July 25, 2016. File photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

Trump's fondness for strongmen trumps rights concerns

May 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Donald Trump s latest invitations fit a pattern that has outraged human rights defenders and given pause to even some of usually hardheaded realists in the Washington foreign policy set

FISTBUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Thai junta chief accepts Trump invite

May 01, 2017 - 1:54 PM

The offer came as part of a flurry of calls Trump made to Southeast Asian leaders over the weekend trying to shore up regional support over the troubled Korean peninsula

In this file photo, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attends the 30th ASEAN Summit, April 29, 2017. Malacanang photo

IN PHOTOS: How Duterte bonded with ASEAN leaders

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:03 PM

From eating durian with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to singing with Malaysia s Najib Razak President Duterte has fond memories to share with the leaders he is welcoming to Manila for the 30th ASEAN Summit

BONDING. President Rodrigo Duterte embraces Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-chan after the state dinner. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

8 country leaders, Suu Kyi to attend ASEAN Summit

Apr 24, 2017 - 12:31 PM

UPDATED The heads of government will start arriving in Manila on Friday April 28

ASEAN SUMMIT IN MANILA. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is accompanied by Parliament Speaker Mann Win Khaing Than (L) at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly in Naypyidaw on September 30, 2016. File photo by Aung Htet/ AFP

Ousted Thai PM Thaksin slapped with $500 million tax bill

Mar 28, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Tax officials accompanied by police post the bill on Thaksin s former home in Bangkok although he has not set foot there for nearly a decade to avoid jail for a graft conviction that he insists is politically motivated

TAX BILL. Deposed former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra answers a question during an interview in New York, on March 9, 2016. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

WATCH: Duterte caps off ASEAN tour

Mar 23, 2017 - 4:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wraps up his ASEAN tour This year he will be the Summit s chairman

Birthday boy Prayut gives Duterte an early birthday treat

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:19 AM

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan o cha celebrates his birthday with President Rodrigo Duterte whom he presents with a birthday cake

NIGHT OF CELEBRATION. President Rodrigo Duterte and Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-chan propose a toast during the official dinner at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on March 21, 2017. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 22, 2017

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

TOAST TO FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Thailand Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-chan hold a toast for the decades-long friendship between the two countries following the signing ceremony at the Thai Koo Fah Building in Bangkok, Thailand on March 21, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo

Duterte, Thailand's Prayut affirm defense, economic cooperation

Mar 21, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The joint committee on military cooperation is expected to address the two leaders concerns on transnational crimes including the spread of illegal drugs

AFFIRMING TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha deliver their statements on March 21, 2017. PCOO photo

What to expect from Duterte's Thailand visit

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The President wraps up his ASEAN tour with a visit to Thailand where security related issues will be a priority topic Three bilateral agreements are expected to be signed in Bangkok

THAILAND VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte is joined by Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak upon his arrival at the Royal Thai Airforce, Military Air Terminal in Bangkok, on March 20, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Thai generals lead royal funeral pyre ceremony

Feb 27, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha a former army chief who seized power in 2014 leads the ceremony

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha makes an offering during a religious ceremony in honor of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok on February 27, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Floods sever overland routes to Thailand's south

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The heaviest January rains for 3 decades lash the country s south for more than a week affecting 1 1 million people across 12 provinces

THAILAND FLOODING. A woman stands in front of a flooded field at her village in the Chaiya district of Thailand's southern province of Surat Thani on January 10, 2017. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Thai king orders charter amendment in rare intervention

Jan 10, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Like most things regarding Thailand s secrecy shrouded monarchy Vajiralongkorn s approach to the crown remains a mystery and is not open to detailed scrutiny

THAILAND'S NEW KING. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Worst rain 'in 30 years' heaps misery on flood-hit Thai south

Jan 09, 2017 - 7:44 PM

At least 21 people are killled and nearly one million people affected by the floods after days of unseasonably heavy rain across the country s southern neck

RESCUE EFFORTS. This photo, taken on January 7, 2017 shows a rescue boat and a helicopter moving towards a group of stranded people in the Srinakarin district of the southern Thai province of Phattalung.  Photo by DAILYNEWS / AFP

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Vajiralongkorn becomes Thailand's new king

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:26 PM

3rd UPDATE I agree to accept the wishes of the late king for the benefit of the entire Thai people Maha Vajiralongkorn says after being invited to take the throne by the head of junta appointed parliament

THAILAND'S NEW KING. This file photo taken on May 13, 2015 shows Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the annual royal ploughing ceremony at Sanam Luang in Bangkok. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

Thai junta ramps up its royalism with mass loyalty ceremony

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:56 PM

We will remain in allegiance to all the kings of the Chakri dynasty until we die says Junta leader Prayut Chan O Cha

LOYALTY. Thai government officials gather to pay respects and pledge an oath of allegiance to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony at the Government House in Bangkok on November 22, 2016. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Thai PM says crown prince seeks delay in proclaiming him king

Oct 13, 2016 - 11:21 PM

UPDATED I had a royal audience with the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and he asked for time to prepare before being proclaimed as the new king Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha tells reporters at Government House

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. This file handout photo received from Thailand's Royal Bureau taken on August 01, 2011 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn reading a statement during the opening ceremony of the new parliament at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok. File photo from Royal Bureau/ AFP