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‘Pleum VRZO’ Follows Former PM Dad Into Politics, Democrat Party

BANGKOK — The scion of a former prime minister known for clean politics and frugal living has made the long-anticipated decision to follow in his footsteps by entering the political fray.

Commoner Party Vows to ‘Disarm’ Junta

LOEI — Environmental and Civil Rights activist Lertsak Kamkongsak has been elected leader of Commoner Party.

For First Time, Prayuth Confirms ‘Interest’ in Politics

BANGKOK — Ditching the evasive non-answers he’s given for months, junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday for the first time confirmed he’s interested in a political career.

Thaksin’s Salty Burn Ignites Storm of #TablePerch Memes

BANGKOK — Another day, another political pissing match to launch a thousand memes. This time, it’s the social media tit-for-tat between a leader in the...

Army Borrows Thaksin Slogan to Promote Prayuth

BANGKOK — Twelve years after his predecessor expelled Thaksin Shinawatra from Thailand, the current junta leader shares at least one thing with the man...
At left, a soldier aims his rifle at Redshirt protesters on April 14, 2009, from an overpass in Bangkok. At right, a recent photo of Sawai Thongom displaying the gunshot wound that left him without use of his hand.

Decade-Long Fight for Justice Costs Injured Man Deeply

It was a reversal of fortune for Sawai Thongom, who was awarded 1.2 million baht for a gunshot wound sustained in a 2009 protest. Last month, his family land was seized to pay the military for damaging its reputation.

Election Bill Enacted, Paving Way for 2019 Poll

BANGKOK — His Majesty the King on Wednesday signed into the law the regulations governing the upcoming general election, bringing Thailand one step closer to next year’s poll.
Photo: Wan Muhamad Nor Matha / Facebook

Muslim Political Bloc’s New Party Open to Backing Prayuth

A new party led by a Muslim politician said it is open to supporting the return of junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha after ...

All Luxury Watches Returned to ‘Friend,’ Prawit Says

BANGKOK — Anti-corruption activists were unswayed by a deputy junta leader’s claim Monday that he returned 25 undeclared luxury watches to a friend.
Monday night at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand.

Under Pressure, FCCT Cancels Discussion of War Crimes in Myanmar

A discussion of whether key figures in Myanmar's military should face justice for the genocide of the Rohingya was canceled at the last minute Monday evening under pressure from Thai authorities.





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