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Thai prime minister not quitting for botching oath

Aug. 9, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Friday he is not quitting despite facing mounting criticism for failing to properly take his oath of office. Prayuth led the inauguration of his Cabinet in a ceremony presided over by the king on July 16. However, he omitted a phrase in the oath of...

Thai official links Bangkok bombings to troubled south

Aug. 6, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An official in Thailand has linked groups from the country's troubled south to small bombings last week in Bangkok as it hosted a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers. Only a handful of people suffered minor injuries, and there was little damage. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit...

Thai leader orders investigation of Bangkok blasts; 4 hurt

Aug. 2, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Friday ordered an investigation into several small bombings in Bangkok that took place as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and several Asia-Pacific countries....

Thai PM gives 1st policy statement before elected lawmakers

Jul. 25, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gave his first policy statement in the face of genuine parliamentary scrutiny Thursday after five years as an unchallenged junta leader. He read out a 34-page statement to lawmakers about how his government would handle issues such as the economy,...

Thai court accepts complaints against PM, opposition leaders

Jul. 19, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court accepted complaints against the prime minister and two opposition party leaders Friday in cases that could disqualify them from office. The court said it has accepted a complaint against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sent by 110 members of Parliament who...

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 leader names new Cabinet with military colleagues

Jul. 10, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday officially named his new Cabinet, a mix of members of the military government he headed after leading a 2014 coup and key politicians who helped him assemble a majority in the House of Representatives after March elections. Prayuth will be...

Thai activist rejects police offer of conditional protection

Jul. 9, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai pro-democracy activist who was attacked and left unconscious on a Bangkok sidewalk said Tuesday he will refuse an offer of police protection that would require him to stop political activities. Sirawith Seritiwat, widely known as Ja New, was severely beaten by four assailants near his...

Thai authorities urged to investigate attacks on activists

Jul. 3, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Rights groups urged Thai authorities Wednesday to investigate attacks against pro-democracy activists after one was beaten and left unconscious on a sidewalk in the latest case of growing violence. Amnesty International submitted open letters to Thailand's defense minister and its police...

Thai anti-military activist attacked and left unconscious

Jun. 28, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai activist who opposes the military's role in politics was assaulted Friday and left unconscious in the second attack on him this month, as violence against pro-democracy advocates becomes more aggressive. Sirawith Seritiwat was attacked before noon by four men who used baseball bats to...