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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

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

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

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 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'

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

Dozens of new political parties register in run-up to Thai poll

Mar 02, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are 38 groups who have submitted the applications for party registration,' an election official tells Agence France-Presse

THAI POLL. Members of the Ruam Jai Thai Party wait to submit paperwork for the registration of their political party at the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand in Bangkok on March 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai junta under fire from allies over Yingluck escape

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:50 PM

The junta says it does not yet know how Thailand s first female prime minister managed to flee

THANKING SUPPORTERS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/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 junta-picked lawmakers give military $124M budget hike

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:20 PM

In contrast funds for education and infrastructure are cut

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha is greeted by military officers during a visit to Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on July 25, 2016. Thailand's junta chief vowed to galvanise the economy of the kingdom's poor and rebel-hit south, including making it a hub for halal produce, during a visit to the Muslim-majority region. / AFP PHOTO / MADAREE TOHLALA

Thai junta suspends Bangkok governor over graft probe

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Sukhumbhand Paribatra is under investigation over an expensive light display outside city hall in December 2015

epa03527609 Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra answer questions from media about his resignation from Bangkok governor, at the Thai Democrat Party headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 08 January 2013. Paribatra, who is the Democrat party candidate and one of the chief contenders in the Bangkok Governorship race, will formally tender his resignation as Bangkok governor which will take effect on 9 January, one day before his term expires on 10 January 2013 to allow fair compeition in the upcoming next Bangkok governor elections which will be held by 03 March 2013. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Victory for generals as Thais vote for junta charter

Aug 07, 2016 - 8:38 AM

4th UPDATE Prime Minister Prayut Chan o cha hails the win as a step towards a bona fide democracy free from graft

epa05460826 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha casts his ballot during a referendum for the new constitution at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, 07 August 2016. Some 50.6 million Thai voters are eligible to cast their votes in a referendum for the controversial military's backed draft constitution, the first polling in the country after the May 2014 military coup. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai journalist charged under draconian charter law

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Prachatai reporter Taweesak Kerdpoka faces charges along with 4 members of the New Democracy Movement

epa05343844 Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ooks delivers the keynote address of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 15th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 03 June 2016. The IISS Asia Security Summit is an annual gathering of defence officials in the Asia-Pacific region and is dubbed the Shangri-La Dialogue in honor of the hotel where the event is held. The summit will go on from 03 to 05 June 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Two years after coup ousted Thai PM says country 'suffering'

May 22, 2016 - 1:01 PM

Deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra questions wether the military junta made good on their vow to heal the country s political divide

File photo of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for taken at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok,Thailand in May 2014 by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai police defend arresting anti-junta activist's mother

May 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Patnaree Chankij s lawyers say she was charged for writing the Thai equivalent of yeah in response to Facebook messages that allegedly insulted the royal family

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Apr 27, 2016 - 7:15 PM

UPDATED I want this case to serve as an example that from now on criticizing [the charter] must be done in a polite manner says an election official

epa05265004 A military police officer stands in front of a military base in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 April 2016. Pheu Thai party's core member, Watana Muangsook, a former minister during the government of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, turned himself in for an 'attitude adjustment' session at the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on 18 April, as he was called from the military junta after publishing political messages on his Facebook account. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Rights groups condemn junta police powers for Thai soldiers

Apr 05, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Soldiers are allowed to detain suspects without arrest warrants and they are not covered by laws monitoring police abuses

epa04956785 Thailand's new Army chief General Thirachai Nakwanich (R) stands next outgoing General Udomdej Sitabutr (2-R) during a handover ceremony at the Thai army headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 September 2015. Thirachai has been appointed as the new army chief in a military reshuffle endorsed by the Thai King. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai authorities seize thousands of 'political' red bowls

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:59 PM

UPDATED Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra says giving out bowls never posed a problem to national security

Thailand unveils latest charter perpetuating army's power

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The military junta warns it will not tolerate criticism of the draft constitution in the run up to a referendum on August 7

epa05079072 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speak as he delivers the one-year performance presentation of his government at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 December 2015. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai students mock military at football match

Feb 13, 2016 - 8:00 PM

What is the reason we have soldiers in power? No one dares to ask reads one banner marched around the arena before the game in a rare show of dissent

STUDENT PROTESTS. Thai university students participate in a parade lampooning the military junta during a varsity football match at the National stadium in Bangkok on February 13, 2016. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Critics warn new draft charter will deepen Thai crisis

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The draft is the junta s second stab at crafting a new constitution since former army chief Prayut Chan O Cha ousted an elected civilian government in May 2014

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the ASEM summit in Milan, Italy, 16 October 2014. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

7 hurt as car bomb hits Thai tourist island of Samui

Apr 11, 2015 - 1:13 PM

It s a car bomb but we cannot confirm what type of explosive materials they used a police official says

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Apr 03, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Thai PM Prayut Chan O Cha orders the media to toe the regime s line or face consequences

THAI MEDIA. This picture taken in 2014 shows microphones of reporters working for TV stations sitting on a table ahead of a press conference by an Army spokesman following talks between Thai Army leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha and representatives of warring political rivals at the Army club in Bangkok. When Thailand's generals declared martial law to suppress months of political bloodshed one of the first casualties was freedom of information with a swift crackdown on any murmurs of dissent on television and social media. AFP PHOTO/Manan VATSYAYANA

UN blasts Thai junta for 'Hunger Games' detentions

Nov 22, 2014 - 12:39 AM

The 3 finger salute has become the unofficial symbol of resistance in Thailand with scores detained for using it including 6 students this week

HUNGER GAMES. Thai students are being arrested by police officers and security guards as they flash a 3-finger resistance sign borrowed from the sci-fi book and movies series 'Hunger Games' in front of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (back) while delivering a speech during his visit in Khon Kaen province, north eastern Thailand, 19 November 2014. File photo by EPA

Thai PM departs for Myanmar in first overseas foray

Oct 09, 2014 - 4:59 PM

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha is chasing international legitimacy for an administration which has suspended Thailand s democracy and imposed sweeping curbs on dissent

NEW PREMIER. Thai Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha reading a statement after receiving a royal command during a ceremony to swear him in as prime minister at the Army headquarters in Bangkok on August 25, 2014. File photo by Government House /AFP

Thailand tipped to retake crown as world's top rice exporter

Oct 05, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Thailand sold seven million tons of rice from January to September Many predict a comeback of the kingdom s rice industry

RICE WOES. This file picture taken on September 29, 2011 shows a worker sorting rice bags inside a ship at the Asian Peninsula Corporation Limited (APC) factory in Bangkok. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/FILES

Thai students mobilize to resist junta rule

Jul 20, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Small and sporadic acts of resistance by students – from launching alternative publications to group readings of George Orwell s anti authoritarian novel 1984 – are among the few public expressions against the takeover

'CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.' Thai demonstrators wear masks of a military wanted list activist, Sombat Boonngamanong, as they hold placards next to soldiers during a demonstration against the coup at a shopping district in Bangkok, Thailand, May 25, 2014. File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thai coup leader denies conspiracy with protesters

Jun 28, 2014 - 2:24 PM

It is not true General Prayut Chan O Cha says addressing accusations that he had discussed uprooting the divisive Shinawatra clan from politics with firebrand protest chief Suthep Thaugsuban

ANTI-COUP. A Thai demonstrator shouting slogans holds a sign in support of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a protest against the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand, 24 May 2014. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Thailand's junta detains anti-coup leader

Jun 06, 2014 - 11:08 AM

3rd UPDATE Before he was captured Sombat Boonngamanong refused to turn himself in instead posting a message on Facebook saying: Catch me if you can

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May 26, 2014 - 8:10 PM

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