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Thailand court to rule on Sept. 30 if PM Prayuth must quit

Sep. 14, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Constitutional Court will rule on Sept. 30 whether suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has already served eight years in office and must resign. Prayuth, then the Thai army commander, led a coup that ousted an elected government eight years ago,...

Political uncertainty in Thailand with PM's suspension

Aug. 25, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand entered a phase of political uncertainty on Thursday, with its prime minister suspended and his deputy taking over in his stead pending a ruling from a top court on whether the premier has reached his constitutional term limit. Prime Minister Prayuth...

Thai PM suspended while court mulls if he defied term limits

Aug. 25, 2022 03:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government held its first official meetings Thursday under an acting prime minister, after a court ordered the suspension of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha a day earlier while it considered if he violated the position's legal term limits. Prayuth's...

Thai protesters say PM reaches term limit, must step down

Aug. 23, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Groups of protesters gathered in Thailand's capital on Tuesday to call for the country’s prime minister to step down, saying he has exceeded his constitutional term limit. A demonstration at Bangkok's Democracy Monument, a traditional protest venue, appeared to...

Thai court asked to rule if prime minister must step down

Aug. 22, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Monday received a petition from opposition lawmakers seeking a ruling on whether Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has reached the legal limit on how long he can remain in office. The petition, signed by 171 members of the House of...

Sri Lankan ex-president who fled homeland arrives in Bangkok

Aug. 11, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who last month fled anti-government protests in his country, arrived in Thailand on Thursday night on a flight from Singapore, where he had been staying since mid-July. Thai television stations showed Rajapaksa and a...

Sri Lanka introduces reform bill to clip presidential powers

Aug. 10, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's justice minister submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to Parliament on Wednesday that would clip the powers of the president, a key demand of protesters calling for political reforms and solutions to the country’s worst economic crisis. ...

14 die in fire at pub in Thailand, many critically injured

Aug. 05, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen people were killed and dozens badly injured when a fire broke out early Friday at a crowded music pub in eastern Thailand, police and rescue workers said. At least a dozen survivors were in critical condition. Videos on social media showed thick black smoke...

Thai PM sails through last no-confidence vote ahead of polls

Jul. 23, 2022 01:51 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sailed through his fourth and final no-confidence vote in Parliament on Saturday with no surprises, ahead of a general election next year. The vote came after four days of debate targeting Prayuth and 10 of his Cabinet members...

Thai lawmakers begin no-confidence debate against PM

Jul. 19, 2022 05:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai lawmakers began debate Tuesday on the fourth and final no-confidence vote targeting Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government before its four-year term ends next year. With general elections due in March, the government faces its last no-confidence vote...