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Laboring Woman, Fugitive, Disabled: All Head for Early Voting

BANGKOK — Among more than 2.6 million registered voters nationwide who cast advanced ballots Sunday are a fugitive who disguised himself with a wig, a woman about to enter labor and people sensitive to air pollution.

Virachai Plasai, Thai Ambassador to US, Dies at 58

BANGKOK — Thailand's ambassador to the United States, best known for leading the kingdom’s legal battle with Cambodia over an ancient temple, died early Saturday. He was 58.

2 Million Ready to Cast Early Ballots Sunday

BANGKOK — Up to 2 million voters have registered to cast their ballots Sunday when early voting opens in advance of next week’s election.
Three years before he would overthrow the elected government, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha cast his ballot on July 3, 2011, the last time elections were successfully held.

Election Observers Denied Funding, Accreditation

An independent, domestic poll monitor says it will deploy more than 1,000 observers for the March 24 election – without any official support.

EC Lists Politician as Monk in Handbook

BANGKOK — An MP hopeful in Bangkok said Friday he was incorrectly identified as a monk in voter’s handbooks distributed nationwide this week.

Thai Parties Woo Young Voters, but One May Hit the Mark

BANGKOK — You could call it the 7 million-voter question: Will young people like the ones who turned out on a recent Saturday night to listen to politically hip rappers also make it to the polls for Thailand's upcoming general election? And do they share the anger at the established order being sung and shouted about onstage?
Suwat Liptapanlop of Chart Pattana Party rallies today in Sakon Nakhon province.

Royal Defamation Reform Remains Untouchable Topic, Survey Finds

No major political party has a policy to amend the controversial lese majeste law, an international human rights organization revealed Thursday.
Image: Huaitoon / Facebook

Away From Dull Rallies, Thai Election Sizzles Online

From parodies of Thai Line spam to pairing political parties with Westerosi factions from “Game of Thrones,” the digital seas are churning with snark...

Prime Minister Not a Gov’t Official, State Agency Rules

BANGKOK — Pre-election legal skirmishing continued Thursday with new developments and threats in the home stretch leading to Election Day.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, greets supporters as he attends a government-sponsored event Wednesday in Korat. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / Associated Press

Prayuth Croons, Brags on ‘Official’ Trip to Korat

Thailand's military-installed prime minister crooned a love song and boasted of his government's achievements Wednesday during an official visit to his home province in the northeast ahead of the March 24 election.

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