Thailand elections 2019 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Thailand elections 2019

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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 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

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

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 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 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

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