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Thai English-language daily The Nation to end print edition

May. 16, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Nation, one of Thailand's two English-language dailies, announced Thursday it will stop publishing its print edition by the end of June but will continue with an online version. The CEO of the Nation Multimedia Group, Somchai Meesaen, said the newspaper will switch to digital platforms...

Thailand's oldest political party chooses new leader

May. 15, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's oldest political party chose an experienced insider as its new leader Wednesday following an abysmal performance in recent elections that led to the resignation of its previous chief. The Democrat Party voted for Jurin Laksanawisit to succeed Abhisit Vejjajiva, a former prime...

Newly appointed Thai Senate includes many soldiers, police

May. 14, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's newly appointed 250-member Senate, which will play a crucial role in selecting the country's next prime minister, will include more than 100 members of the police and military who have wielded power since a 2014 coup, according to the list of appointees issued Tuesday. Along with...

11 small Thai parties support army-backed candidate for PM

May. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Eleven small political parties in Thailand announced Monday they will support the military-backed candidate to form the next government, seven weeks after the country's first general election in five years of army rule. Their announcement came after no single party won an absolute majority...

Final count of 1st vote since coup leaves Thailand divided

May. 8, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Wednesday announced the final results of the March 24 general election — the first since a military coup in 2014 — that gave no party an absolute majority and likely will prompt legal challenges. The commission distributed 150 party list seats...

Official Thai election results favor anti-military party

May. 7, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Tuesday officially endorsed results from the country's March 24 general election, declaring that the Pheu Thai party associated with fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra topped the field by winning 136 constituencies. The commission said the...

Thai Election Commission to investigate popular politician

Apr. 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's state Election Commission has agreed to investigate whether the leader of a popular new political party that ran a strong third in last month's general election may not have been qualified to run as a candidate. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the progressive Future...

Thai junta files sedition complaint against new party leader

Apr. 3, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling military junta has filed a complaint accusing the leader of a popular new political party of sedition and aiding criminals, a move he described as politically motivated. The party, Future Forward, ran a strong third in elections last month that were also contested by a...

Analysis: Thai polls show divisions and instability remain

Apr. 2, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader looks set to return as prime minister after a general election stacked heavily in his favor, but the process reveals that more than a decade's polarization in Thai politics is as strong as ever. Rather than ensuring stability, the sharply divided vote almost...

Thai king strips fugitive ex-PM Thaksin of royal decorations

Mar. 30, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king has stripped fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations, citing his 2008 flight to escape serving a two-year prison term on a conflict of interest conviction and other legal cases against him. Thai media reported that the royal command from...