Pattaya Ruam Jai leader Niran Wattanasartsathorn casts his ballot Sunday. Missing ballot sheets at two stations halted vote counting Sunday.

Pattaya Vote Count on Hold After Ballot Sheets Go Missing

Unofficial results of Pattaya’s mayoral and city council elections have been withdrawn while officials investigate ballot sheets that went missing from two city polling...
Bangkok governor-elect Chadchart Sittipunt makes a victory speech Sunday night.

8 Years to Day After Coup Arrest, Chadchart Voted Bangkok Governor...

Eight years ago Sunday, Chadchart Sittipunt was arrested, handcuffed and detained during the 2014 coup. On May 22 he was elected democratically in a...
Kunplome family pick Poramet Ngampichet cheers on supporters in Pattaya Sunday night. (Photo: Pattaya Mail, with permission.)

‘More of Same’ as Kunplome Pick Leads Pattaya Mayor Race

Pattaya is headed for four more years under the rule of the Kunplome clan after handpicked successor Poramet Ngampichet won the unofficial vote count. The...
Trade ministers meet at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Bangkok on May 21, 2022. (Photo: Thailand PR)

5 Countries Walk Out of Bangkok APEC Meeting to Protest Russia’s...

Representatives the United States, Japan and three other countries walked out of Saturday’s Asia-Pacific trade ministers meeting to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The two-day...
Prayut ASEAN SUmmit US Biden U.S

Prayut Heads to US for ASEAN Summit, Push Thailand as American...

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha departed for Washington on Wednesday to attend the second ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit. Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said Prayut’s visit follows several...
Thailand Japan State Visit Kishida Prayut

Thailand, Japan Agree to Further Investment in Manufacturing During Kishida Visit

Thailand and Japan agreed to expand investment opportunities and cooperate to combat Covid-19 during a state visit by Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. Prime Minister...
Thai Youth Gather Petitions on Bangkok Street PRotest Government

Thai Youths Use Online Platforms to Outwit Government

Young Thais increasingly are using the internet and social media to blast the government as it edges toward snap elections. Youths accuse the government of...
Pheu Thai Party leader Cholnan Srikaew

Opposition Parties Again to Try No Confidence Vote Against Prayut

Opposition parties on Tuesday said they intended to file a yet another no-confidence motion against the government once amendments to two organic laws necessary...
Prinn Sex Abuse Rape Scandal Democrat party Thailand Jurin Apologizes

Democrats’ Jurin Apologizes After First Calling Prinn Sex-Abuse Scandal ‘Personal Matter’

Democrat Party leader Jurin Laksanawisit apologized for the sexual abuse scandal involving Prinn Panitchpakdi that he first called a “personal matter” for the ex-deputy...
Seksakol Atthawong in his "Rambo Issan" days, before losing his spine and switching sides to back the military.

Red Shirt Turncoat ‘Rambo Issan’ Resigns from Gov’t Amid Corruption Allegations

“Rambo Issan”, a former Red Shirt turned military-government apologist resigned from the government on Monday amid corruption allegations. Seksakol Atthawong quit all his positions in...
Robert F. Godec has been nominated as the new U.S. ambassador to Thailand.

U.S. Names African Specialist as New Thailand Ambassador

A career politician who spent most of his career in the Middle East and Africa was nominated as the United States’ new ambassador to...
Thailand Election Filing Voting Bangkok Poll Ballots

Election Filing Opens for Bangkok Governor

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has begun accepting applications for Bangkok governor candidates and has stated that the upcoming election will be held. According to Chalermpol...
Kittipon Thaingamsil held up a sign saying "I'm starving during the reign of King Rama X" at a pro-democracy rally in August. Now police want to charge him with royal defamation.

Teen Faces 15 Years in Prison for Holding Sign at Rally

. Kittipon Thaingamsil protested that he was unemployed and starving. Now he faces lese majeste charge.
Freedom House Thailand Protests South

Thailand Still ‘Not Free’ Under Military-Backed Gov’t – Report

. Freedom House survey again lowers Thailand’s scores for political rights and civil liberties
Bangkok pattaya elections poll stations Thailand

On 8th Anniversary of Coup, Bangkok, Pattaya Finally Will Go to...

Bangkok and Pattaya voters will get to cast ballots for their local leaders for the first time nearly 10 years on May 22, the...
Bangkok Election Governor Chaddchart Aswin_

Bangkok Elections: Coup, Covid, Progressives Have Changed Gubernatorial Landscape

. It was once a given that when Bangkok voters go to the polls, the Democrat Party candidate would be elected governor. No more.
Progressive leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Move Forward Party mayoral candidate Kittisak “Bob” Ninwattanatochai and city council candidates appear at a Monday news conference in Pattaya.

Pattaya Gets Chance to Oust Kunplomes in 1st City Elections in...

. Move Forward Party names lifetime Pattaya resident, banker as mayor candidate
Image of a yellow and black flag, featuring the Amnesty International logo, being waved.

NGOs Say Push to Expel Amnesty Shows Thailand’s Intolerance to Human...

NGOs of all stripes are taking a bid to expel Amnesty International from Thailand as a warning that the military-backed government is growing more...
Sam Samat Thailand Stateless Democracy Activist

Thai Police Accused of Beating, Degrading Stateless Activist in Custody

A stateless democracy activist says he was physically assaulted by police officers in Bangkok who detained him for participating in a candlelight vigil for...
Thailand Parliament House Representatives Chamber

Ruling Parties Claim Unity Before Latest Gov’t Censure Debate

Thailand’s ruling coalition claims it is still united as yet another government-censure debate looms. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called an informal meeting with key members...
Empty seats in Thailand's House of Representatives is an increasingly common sight.

Prayut Scolds Thailand’s Do-Nothing MPs to Show Up to Work

Thailand’s do-nothing legislature had drawn the pique of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who admonished politicians of every party to actually show up for work. The...
Thailand Election Ballot Boxes Poll Station

EC Sets 400 Constituencies as Thailand Chomps at Bit for Early...

The Election Commission completed setting up constituencies for the next general election and is laying the framework for elections in the future. The EC has...
Surachart Thienthong Thailand Bangkok Pheu Thai MP

Voters Again Reject Thailand’s Ruling Party in Another Humiliating Election Defeat

. Wife running to be puppet of convicted Palang Pracharath fraudster places 4th in Bangkok by-election.
Illustrations of student activists Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul and Panupong Jadnok in ‘10 Ratsadorn,’ a copy of which was confiscated from the 1932 People Space Library. (Photo: Prachatai)

Thai Police Seize Children’s Book as Anti-Democracy Crackdown on Publishers Continues

Police raided a newly opened library in Bangkok and seized a children’s book on the 1932 revolution that overthrew Thailand’s absolute monarchy, rights activists...
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meet in Saudi Arabia.

Thailand, Saudi Arabia to Restore Ties 30 Years After Gems Theft,...

Thirty years after the theft of Saudi crown jewels and the murders of its diplomats, the Middle Eastern country and Thailand will fully restore...
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