Since July 2020, thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have gathered on Bangkok’s streets and university campuses to demand curbs on the power of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, fresh elections and constitutional reforms.
Chaithawat Tulathon, a former political magazine editor, will head the progressive party after Pita Limjaroenrat stepped down earlier this month.
Pita Limjaroenrat has resigned as the leader of the Move Forward Party and says he will still be involved in the party.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin plans to make a cash handout of US$280 each to 55 million adults as part of an attempt to stimulate the country’s economy in addition to other measures he will reveal to parliament on Monday.
Architect and artist Duangrit Bunnag carried out a promise to be pelted with faeces in a performance following the formation of a coalition government involving army-backed parties.
Thailand’s most famous politician returned home last week from living abroad in self-exile for 15 years after his party was ousted in a coup.
Corrections department officials say Thaksin Shinawatra has pre-existing issues with his heart, lungs, spine and blood pressure, and would be monitored closely.
Thaksin Shinawatra’s potential return to the kingdom on Tuesday coincides with a key parliamentary vote that could end a political deadlock to choose a new prime minister.
The United Thai Nation Party, which fielded former coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as its PM candidate in the election, said it will help Pheu Thai ‘to move the country forward together’.
Any hope of the election-winning party forming a government was all but killed off by the Constitutional Court’s rejection on Wednesday of a request to review the blocking of its candidate Pita Limjaroenrat.
A new coalition by Pheu Thai Party, former ally of winner Move Forward Party whose leader was rejected for PM, is nominating property magnate Srettha Thavisin, leaving MPF with a predicament.
Thailand’s political deadlock is turning potential homebuyers in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy cautious, posing risks to the market as some 50,000 flats are likely to be launched this year, analysts say.
Ahead of ex-PM Thaksin’s return to Thailand on August 10, his family’s Pheu Thai party will have to break from the more radical Move Forward Party, while sustaining as little lasting damage as possible to its pro-democracy brand.
The 74-year-old former PM is a bogeyman for Thailand’s pro-military and royalist establishment and his return could inflame an already tense political situation.
The Move Forward Party’s leader Pita Limjaroenrat has twice failed to be confirmed as Thailand’s next prime minister, largely thanks to obstinate senators
Deputy House Speaker Pichet Chuamuangphan said election-winning Move Forward’s leader Pita Limjaroenrat will not be included in next week’s third vote for a premier.
The decision comes amid scrutiny over his shares in a media firm, as Thai lawmakers are forbidden from owning shares in media companies under the constitution.
Home prices in Thailand are around a quarter of Hong Kong’s, and Hongkongers are availing themselves of a visa scheme rolled out a year ago – to the delight of developers who struggled over the last three years.
Pita Limjaroenrat of the Move Forward Party says he’ll withdraw his candidacy if parliament does not endorse him next week after knock back by senators against his pledge to reform strict royal defamation laws.
The Move Forward Party leader lacked 52 votes in his first bid to become prime minister. “I’m going to strategise again ... to make sure we reach 376.”
Pita Limjaroenrat’s bid to become Thailand’s 30th prime minister could yet be thwarted by an army-drafted constitution, experts say.
Pita, the 42-year-old leader of the progressive Move Forward party whose election victory stunned Thailand’s military-backed establishment, has faced multiple complaints from rivals.
Pita Limjaroenrat’s party has assessed senators opinions and concerns and believes some now have ‘a better understanding of our policies’, its secretary general says.
The pro-reform party claimed more than 14 million votes in Sunday’s election, but it will have its work cut out if it wants to build a governing coalition in the face of a hostile military-backed royalist establishment.
Thailand’s Move Forward Party says it is ready to head a coalition government with opposition heavyweight Pheu Thai, after an “Orange Wave” decimated the conservative vote on Sunday.
Pheu Thai, which has a long-standing affiliation with former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, won the backing of 41.37 per cent of roughly 162,000 eligible voters surveyed between April 10 and 20.
Paetongtarn Shinawatra, a 36-year-old with a jet-setting lifestyle and half a million Instagram followers, stands in stark contrast to her establishment rivals, two strait-laced former army chiefs with a combined age of 146.
The army veteran, in power since 2014 when the military toppled a civilian government, was elected as a civilian leader in 2019.