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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 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

Thailand anti-junta party leader faces possible disqualification

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Last month's elections in Thailand remains in dispute after a political party backed by the junta that has ruled Thailand since 2014 and its main rival both claimed victory

UNDER SIEGE. File photo of Future Forward Party leader Thanatorn Juangroongruangkit (in white shirt) arrives at Pathumwan police station to hear sedition charges brought against him by the National Council for Peace and Order, in Bangkok on April 6, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Scores of poll winners could be disqualified in Thai vote

Apr 05, 2019 - 5:26 PM

An election commissioner says the body will investigate '66 people who got the highest votes in the constituency system' who were hit with complaints

ELECTIONS. Security personnel stand guard as voters arrive to cast their ballots at a polling station in Narathiwat on March 24, 2019 during Thailand's general election. File photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

Thai demonstrators protest alleged cheating in election

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Full results will be ratified by May 9 but anger has mounted as the wait continues, prompting demonstrations at two Bangkok landmarks

Thai candidates lodge complaints over 'election irregularities'

Mar 29, 2019 - 4:25 PM

There have been more than 140 complaints filed since the Sunday vote in Thailand, the Election Commission says

THAI ELECTIONS. Security personnel stand guard as voters arrive to cast their ballots at a polling station in Narathiwat on March 24, 2019 during Thailand's general election. Photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

Messy days ahead as Thai factions jostle to lead next government

Mar 26, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) The junta is in pole position to return to power as a civilian administration after preliminary results from the March 24 poll showed its proxy party had secured an unexpected majority of the popular vote

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Thailand's Prime Minister 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. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai military accused of 'rigged' election by former PM Thaksin

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) The junta is primed to retain its grip on power despite only having a slight edge in the popular vote, after election officials released the first unofficial early results for seats in the lower house

THAILAND ELECTIONS. A vendor arranges newspapers at her newsstand in Bangkok on March 25, 2019 a day after Thailand's general election. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai junta party takes shock lead in first general election since 2014 coup

Mar 24, 2019 - 6:57 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The election pits a royalist junta and allies against the election-winning machine of billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and an unpredictable wave of millions of first-time voters

HISTORIC VOTE. 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

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Man of Zeal: #SupermanBangkok champions voting ahead of Thai poll

Mar 22, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Dressed in a Superman suit with a red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign: 'If you love Thailand: Vote'

Thai-German national David Pfizenmaier walks up a pedestrian bridge in a Superman costume whilst encouraging Thais to vote in the upcoming election in Bangkok on March 21, 2019. - Dressed in a Superman suit with red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign. The 40-year-old Thai-German said on March 21 he is not campaigning for a specific party, but is instead on a mission to boost turnout, especially among younger voters, "because the military government is not the solution for the long term." (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) / TO GO WITH Thailand-politics-vote, SCENE by Joe FREEMAN

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 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

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 court to hear case against party behind princess political bid

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Party officials fear the case is being hustled through ahead of the March 24 election, which is already stacked in favor of the ruling junta, whose leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha wants to return as a civilian premier

THAI ELECTIONS. In this file photo, an official of Raksa Chart party holds the registration document bearing the photograph of Thai Princess Ubolratana prior to submitting to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. File photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn / Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai election commission moves to dissolve party linked to princess

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The scuttling of Ubolratana's candidacy and potential moves to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart party are a blow to the political machine of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra

PRINCESS UBOLRATANA. This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. Photo by Mike Clarke/AFP

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 princess disqualified from list of candidates for PM

Feb 11, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Election Commission says it has excluded Princess Ubolratana 'because all royal family members are above politics'

POLITICS. This file photo shows Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand speading during a Q&A session before the screening of 'Where the Miracle Happens' as part of the Thai Film Festival at Arclight Cinema on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images/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' bid for PM scuttled as party obeys royal command

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Thai king torpedoes the bid in a sharply worded statement, saying that bringing senior royal family members into politics is against tradition, national culture and 'highly inappropriate'

CANDIDATE. An official of Raksa Chart party holds the registration document bearing the photograph of Thai Princess Ubolratana prior to submitting to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. Photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnarkorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

What does Princess Ubolratana's entry mean for Thai politics?

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Princess Ubolratana's brother, the king, is against regal involvement in elections – how will her entry change the game?

(FILES) This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. - Thai princess to run for Prime Minister with Shinawatra party: party official said on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mike CLARKE / AFP)

Thai princess's political move raises questions over insult law

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Here are some facts about lese majeste law, or section 112 of the criminal code, as it is known in Thailand

PRINCESSS UBOLRATANA. This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. Photo by Mike CLARKE/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

Facebook to bar 'foreign' electoral ads for Thai poll

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Facebook says it will help 'protect' the Thai vote by temporarily not allowing ads from 'foreign entities which are of an electoral nature'

Thailand to hold first election since coup on March 24

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) The poll date is set to ignite campaign season in a country where colorful and boisterous political rallies have often tipped into deadly violence

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:21 PM

One of the military's first acts after seizing power in May 2014 was to outlaw political activity of all kinds. The ban is officially lifted on Tuesday, December 11.

A man waves a giant national flag at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on May 23, 2014. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thailand eases 4-year-old ban on political activities

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Parties will now be permitted to elect their leaders, recruit new members and hold general party meetings if they are able to summon at least 250 members. However, campaigning – including holding public gatherings – is still forbidden.

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

Ousted Thai party slams fresh election delay to 2019

Jan 26, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Elections will likely be delayed for 3 months and fall some time in 2019, deputy prime minister General Prawit Wongsuwon says, without giving a clear date

PRAWIT WONGSUWON. Deputy Thai Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon (C) delivers a speech during a meeting in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on April 6, 2016. Photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

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

Thailand warns against Pokemon hunting in polling booths

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Thailand heads to the polls on Sunday to vote on a controversial junta crafted constitution

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Thai junta chief vows 2017 elections even if charter rejected

Jan 26, 2016 - 6:54 PM

Analysts say the pledge appears to be a delaying tactic by the military to hang onto power

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Thailand newly appointed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (R) listen the explanation of Pagoda officials at the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar, October 10, 2014. File photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

ASEAN urges 'peaceful resolution' to Thai crisis

May 11, 2014 - 9:27 PM

An ongoing political crisis in Thailand is worrying ASEAN leaders

HANDS TOGETHER. President Benigno S. Aquino III links arms with his counterparts in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the traditional group photo opportunity during the 24th ASEAN Summit Plenary at the Jade Hall of the Myanmar International Convention Center-1 on Sunday (May 11, 2014). Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Thai opposition urges PM to resign, refuses to back poll

May 03, 2014 - 2:04 PM

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva urges Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet to resign ahead of Thailand s scheduled July polls

STEP DOWN. Democrat leader and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva wants incumbent prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet to resign ahead of Thailand's July polls. File photo from Abhisit's Facebook page

Crisis-hit Thailand heads for new elections

Apr 30, 2014 - 11:47 PM

Elections set for July 20 opposition dismayed at sudden announcement

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Thailand's opposition pulls out of new elections talks

Apr 22, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Democratic Party leaders announce at the minute they will not attend the multi party meeting called by the Elections Commission citing security threats

Protest-plagued Thailand holds Senate elections

Mar 30, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Polls opened in Thailand Sunday to elect the upper house of parliament in a vote that could hold the key to the fate of the prime minister

MORE PROTESTS. Thai anti-government protesters parade during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Divided Thailand set for chaotic election

Jan 30, 2014 - 12:34 PM

Experts warn the vote is unlikely to end a long running cycle of political violence

BEFORE THE POLLS. Thai anti-government protesters listen to leaders talking on a stage at Ratchaprasong intersection (shopping mall area) in Bangkok on January 29, 2014. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Thailand to proceed with troubled election

Jan 28, 2014 - 1:59 PM

UPDATED The announcement came after talks between Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and election officials who urged a delay following street violence

BLOCKING THE VOTE. Thai anti-government protesters hold placards calling political reforms before the elections as they rally to a polling station during advance voting in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 January 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai ruling party opposes delay to troubled election

Jan 27, 2014 - 3:55 PM

The head of Puea Thai Party says he opposes a postponement and accused the Election Commission EC of not doing enough to ensure an orderly vote

BLOCKING THE VOTE. Thai anti-government protesters hold placards calling political reforms before the elections as they rally to a polling station during advance voting in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 January 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Violence, protests mar Thai advance voting

Jan 26, 2014 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED As the disrupted polls closed on Sunday afternoon a leader of the anti government rallies was gunned down in a Bangkok suburb

CHECKING NAMES. Thai voters check their name on electoral lists after anti-government protesters shutdown a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 January 2014. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thai court says election can be postponed

Jan 25, 2014 - 12:51 PM

The main opposition party is boycotting the February 2 election while protesters have vowed to disrupt voting

NO POLLS? A Thai anti-government protester waves a national flag during ongoing rallies at a protest site at Victory Monument in downtown Bangkok on January 24, 2014. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai govt rejects election delay despite deadly violence

Dec 26, 2013 - 9:14 PM

The Election Commission said holding elections will bring violence but the government believes delaying an election will cause more violence says deputy prime minister Phongthep Thepkanjana in a televised address

GASSED. A Thai anti government protester holds a national flag during a rally at a stadium to register party-list candidates in Bangkok on December 26, 2013. AFP / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul