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With new Cabinet, Thailand replaces junta with army allies

Jul. 16, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the swearing-in of the Cabinet, whose 36 members pledged their loyalty...

Thai junta chief proclaimed second-time prime minister

Jun. 11, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader was officially proclaimed prime minister on Tuesday after the king endorsed Parliament's vote for him to serve another term. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha knelt before a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and performed three elaborate bows during a ceremony at his...

Thai court sentences ex-PM to prison over lottery program

Jun. 6, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday sentenced former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in absentia to two years in prison over his handling of a state lottery program he initiated while in office more than a decade ago. His conviction by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political...

Thai coup leader uses ballot box to stay as prime minister

Jun. 5, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — When Prayuth Chan-ocha led a military coup to take over Thailand's government five years ago, he wore a dowdy officer's uniform. A five-year makeover transformed him into a politician, now styled in a well-tailored Western suit or an elegant silk "suea phraratchathan," a Thai spin on the...

Thai Parliament votes for coup leader to stay on as PM

Jun. 5, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Parliament elected 2014 coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister in a vote Wednesday that helps ensure the military's sustained dominance of politics since the country became a constitutional monarchy nearly nine decades ago. The military-backed party that nominated Prayuth...

Thailand's oldest party will join coup leader's coalition

Jun. 4, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister, who took power in a military coup five years ago, appears set to win a parliamentary vote scheduled for Wednesday that would give him a second term in office. The Democrat Party, the country's oldest, announced Tuesday that it will vote to join a coalition...

Thai musicians in exile for their songs fear for their lives

May. 29, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — They are members of a folk music group living communally in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, but they are in fear for their lives. The musicians from the band Faiyen fled their homes in neighboring Thailand in 2014, afraid of arrest after a military coup overthrew their nation's elected...

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98

May. 26, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prem Tinsulanonda, who as an army commander, prime minister and adviser to the royal palace was one of Thailand's most influential political figures over four decades, died Sunday at age 98. A statement from the palace said Prem died of heart failure at Bangkok's Phra Mongkutklao hospital,...