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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

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

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 king signs decree approving first election since coup

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The royal decree calls for a general 'election of members of parliament' and gives the kingdom's Election Commission 5 days to announce when it will hold the much-anticipated poll

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 14, 2018 shows Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn presiding over the annual royal ploughing ceremony outside Bangkok's royal palace. Thailand's king has issued a royal decree endorsing the first general election since a 2014 coup, the palace said January 23, with the date of the long-delayed poll expected to announced within days.  Panupong CHANGCHAI / THAI NEWS PIX / 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 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

Thailand's Yingluck ditched phones before escape – army chief

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Thai media is full of speculation about how she might have escaped with most suggesting she went to Cambodia either by land or sea in the days before the court verdict and then on to Singapore

ESCAPED. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives gifts from supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. File 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

Fugitive Thai ex-PM Yingluck 'may be in Dubai' – party source

Aug 26, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is supposed to arrive at the Supreme Court for the ruling over the rice subsidy case

IN DUBAI? Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/File

Thai ex-PM Yingluck has fled Thailand – party source

Aug 25, 2017 - 8:13 AM

4th UPDATE A senior party source says Yingluck Shinawatra is likely in Singapore

VERDICT LOOMS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai ex-PM Yingluck defiant as verdict looms

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:38 AM

She faces a criminal charge of negligence over a flagship policy of her premiership paying farmers nearly twice the market rate for their crops

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 authorities freeze ousted PM Yingluck's bank accounts

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The move is seen as unprecedented because it financially sanctions an elected leader for a government policy and it is the latest in a barrage of legal battles she has had to fight

Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/File

Roses, tears as Thai ex-PM Yingluck enters final stage of case

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Her supporters say the case is driven by the junta that booted her from office in 2014 and is determined to expunge her super rich clan from Thailand s political scene

SHOW OF FORCE. 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 sells rice as pressure cooks over farmers' plight

Nov 05, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Yingluck Shinawatra travels to the rural northeast to buy several truckloads of rice from struggling farmers in her latest gambit to connect with the party faithful without violating a junta ban on politics

POLITICALLY MOTIVATED? In this file photo, ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) joins her hands in a traditional greeting as she arrives at the parliament in Bangkok on November 28, 2012. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck to fight order to pay $1B

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Such an order has violated my rights and is not fair says ousted Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra

POLITICALLY MOTIVATED? In this file photo, ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) joins her hands in a traditional greeting as she arrives at the parliament in Bangkok on November 28, 2012. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Probe your own brother, ousted Thai PM tells junta chief

Sep 25, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Because the laws should be enforced for everyone not just used only against my side says deposed Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra

MESSAGE TO THE PM. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (right) says all the legal actions against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (left) are based on the law and are not bullying. Photos by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai ex-PM Yingluck defies army with selfie and smiles tour

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Yingluck s yim su tour – or fighting with smiles as her aides dub it – carries a message of defiance to the hard pressed northern portion of the country

SMILES. Ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra (C) poses for pictures with supporters as part of her 'fighting with smiles' tour in the northern Thai province of Phrae. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai junta chief defends brother against nepotism claims

Apr 19, 2016 - 8:42 PM

The controversy which has seen activists file complaints of nepotism to the state s anti graft agency comes weeks after thousands of parents across the country said farewell to sons recruited in the kingdom s annual draft

NEPOTISM CLAIMS? Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks as he delivers the one-year performance presentation of his government at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 December 2015. File photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Trial begins for ousted Thai premier Yingluck

Jan 15, 2016 - 1:54 PM

Yingluck faces charges of negligence over a multi billion dollar rice subsidy scheme which paid farmers up to twice the market rate for their crop

YINGLUCK ON TRIAL. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for the first hearing in her trial on criminal charges stemming from her government's rice price subsidy, at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions, in Bangkok, Thailand, January 15, 2016. Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Former Thai MPs survive impeachment vote

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:58 PM

A successful impeachment would have seen the ex lawmakers banned from politics for five years

Ex-Thai PM Wongsawat in court over 2008 crackdown

May 29, 2015 - 3:48 PM

The ruling was the latest in a series of court cases targeting leaders on both sides of Thailand s febrile political divide which has seen nearly a decade of disruptive and often deadly protests in Bangkok

SOMCHAI WONGSAWAT. Former Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat (R) gestures at supporters after the Thai Constitution Court dissolved the ruling party, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand, 02 December 2008. Pongmanat Tasiri/EPA

Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as criminal trial starts

May 19, 2015 - 12:09 PM

A guilty conviction could deliver a hammer blow to the political dominance of her family but it also risks stirring up their grassroots Red Shirt supporters

ON TRIAL. Coup ousted Thai former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) greets well-wishers and supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court to face charges of corruption over a rice subsidy plan, in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 May 2015. Wallace Woon/EPA

Thai former PM Yingluck to face trial over rice scheme – court

Mar 19, 2015 - 12:43 PM

The decision is the latest legal move against Yingluck that could spell the end of her family s political dominance

In this file photo, ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra looks on as she faces impeachment proceedings by the military-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai ex-PM Yingluck indicted over rice subsidy scheme

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:35 PM

Thailand s junta stacked government is also considering launching a civil suit against the nation s first female prime minister

TRAVEL BAN. Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra looks on as she faces impeachment proceedings by the military-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai junta bans ex-PM Yingluck from travelling overseas

Feb 09, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Thailand s government denies Yingluck permission to travel overseas on the advice of the state prosecutor the Office of the Attorney General

TRAVEL BAN. Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra looks on as she faces impeachment proceedings by the military-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai Red Shirt leader accuses junta of looking for a 'fight'

Feb 05, 2015 - 3:27 PM

I don t believe that you junta want reconciliation instead you want chaos and want us to go out and fight

Thai junta orders German NGO to cancel press freedom briefing

Jan 29, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The ban comes as two former ministers from the ousted government of ex premier Yingluck Shinawatra are summoned by the military

In this file photo, Thai Navy oarsmen row a barge in front of the Royal Palace during the Royal barge procession held on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok on November 9, 2012.  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai ex-PM Yingluck impeached, faces criminal charges

Jan 23, 2015 - 1:41 PM

UPDATED A tally of votes shows 190 of the 220 seat National Legislative Assembly voting in favor of impeachment

IMPEACHED. Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra looks on as she faces impeachment proceedings by the military-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Former Thai PM to face criminal corruption charge

Jan 23, 2015 - 10:59 AM

UPDATED Yingluck Shinawatra is to be indicted on a criminal corruption charge over a controversial rice subsidy scheme a charge that could see her jailed up to 10 years

YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to give her statement during impeachment proceedings against her, at Parliament House in Bangkok, Thailand, 09 January 2015. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Ousted Thai PM slams impeachment vote

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:00 PM

2nd UPDATE She faces impeachment Friday by the National Legislative Assembly over her administration s rice subsidy scheme

FIGHTING IMPEACHMENT. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) speaks to members of the media as she arrives to answer questions to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) during impeachment proceedings against her, at Parliament House in Bangkok, Thailand, 22 January 2015. Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Impeachment calls crescendo as D-Day nears for Yingluck

Jan 16, 2015 - 4:18 PM

Yingluck Shinawatra faces impeachment by the military appointed National Legislative Assembly over her administration s loss making rice program

YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to give her statement during impeachment proceedings against her, at Parliament House in Bangkok, Thailand, 09 January 2015. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Ousted Thai PM launches defiant impeachment defense

Jan 09, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UPDATED Yingluck Shinawatra faces impeachment by the military stacked National Legislative Assembly NLA over her administration s loss making rice subsidy program

YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to give her statement during impeachment proceedings against her, at Parliament House in Bangkok, Thailand, 09 January 2015. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai PM orders media to stop 'presenting news' on Thaksin

Nov 03, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha: Do not present news about Thaskin as everyone knows that he has violated the law

THAKSIN. Thai pro-government Red Shirt protester shout slogans as they hold a picture of ex Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) and her brother fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra (L) during a rally on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, 11 May 2014.  Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thailand's junta-picked council starts work on reforms

Oct 21, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha has said reforms to rid the kingdom of corruption are necessary before new elections can take place

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

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 junta chief tipped to become PM

Aug 20, 2014 - 3:02 PM

Army Chief Prayut Chan O Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197 strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday August 21 to select a new leader for the Southeast Asian country

NEXT PREMIER? Head of the National Council for Peace and Order and army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha (C), arrives prior the opening of the National Legislative Assembly in Bangkok on August 7, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Election calm shows Indonesia outshining Thailand

Aug 02, 2014 - 5:26 PM

While Thailand lingers in doubt over its future under a military junta the aftermath of a bitter and potentially divisive presidential election in Indonesia is proving to be remarkably calm and open

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck vows not to flee

Jul 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Yingluck: I am a Thai citizen who should have rights and freedoms like any other Thais I want to reassure you that I will not abandon my fellow Thais and I m ready to come back to Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House in Bangkok on December P, 2013. AFP / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

Thai junta allows deposed PM Yingluck to leave country

Jul 17, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Yingluck is expected to travel to Paris next week to attend the 65th birthday party of her elder brother the fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra

NEW OFFER. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House in Bangkok on December P, 2013. AFP / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

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

Interim Thai government by September: junta chief

Jun 13, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Thai army chief General Prayut Chan O Cha who has not ruled out becoming prime minister himself will not reveal the members of the interim government

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

Thai anti-graft body to probe Yingluck finances

Jun 05, 2014 - 8:57 PM

In addition to Yingluck – who was a successful businesswoman before turning to politics – two former commerce ministers and their deputies also face investigations by the National Anti Corruption Commission

DEPOSED. Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for her defence in a court case at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, 06 May 2014. Photo from Narong Sangnak/EPA

Hunger Games salute now a symbol of Thai resistance

Jun 03, 2014 - 2:33 PM

The gesture is the unofficial symbol of resistance against a military regime that has suspended democracy and severely curtailed freedom of expression

SALUTE. Malaysian NGO members hold a poster before handing a memorandum to a representative of the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 02 June 2014. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Thai Red Shirts freed as Facebook 'block' sows panic

May 29, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Thailand is no stranger to military intervention in politics with 19 actual or attempted coups in its modern history

MILITARY POLICE. Armed Thai military police stand guard during a anti-coup demonstration at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, May 28, 2014. Diego Azubel/EPA

Human Rights Watch calls for restoration of Thai democracy

May 24, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The group urges the Thai military to revoke its abusive martial law powers to end censorship and to release people who have been arrested since martial law was imposed

The Thai coup and the risk of democracy fatigue

May 24, 2014 - 1:12 PM

Beyond what happens in the next few weeks and months difficult questions arise about how Thailand can make its democratic processes lead to better governance

Thai military detains ousted leaders for 'up to a week'

May 24, 2014 - 9:51 AM

3rd UPDATE The military junta declines to specify where the detainees are being held but says they are in no danger

'DETAINED.' Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for her defence in a court case at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, 06 May 2014. File photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Rappler Newscast | May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014 - 10:29 PM

The World Economic Forum comes to a close Butch Abad says the pork barrel scam shows government is transparent Yingluck Shinawatra is banned from travelling