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NEW POLITICAL parties and fresh faces often emerge ahead of a general election but only a handful of them actually succeed. ... one House seat in Bangkok in the following general election, Thaksin left it to form his own political party called Thai Rak Thai, which literally means “Thais Love Thais”, in 1998.
Is Thanathorn that person, and could a Macron-like revolution happen in Thailand? It is unlikely. His party, like all political parties, is not yet allowed to reveal its policy positions, and it remains unclear what he will actually stand for. Some Thais suspect that the leader of the new party is actually a Puea Thai ...

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A scion of Thailand's biggest autoparts group launched a political party in Bangkok yesterday as an alternative to established parties, promising to bridge a festering political divide. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, 39, executive vice president and director of the Thai Summit Group ...
BANGKOK (AFP) – A 39-year-old business tycoon entered Thailand's political bear-pit yesterday with the launch of a new progressive party, courting the youth vote in a kingdom plagued by coups and corruption. Dubbed 'Future Forward', the party was born out of a late night conversation three months ago ...
Thai billionaire Thananthorn Juangroongruangkit smiles after announcing the launch of his new Future Forward Party in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Thailand's slow move from military to civilian governance has lured dozens of new political parties to register in barely two weeks, ...
Representatives of New Palangdharma Party hold poster before their registration to set up political party at the Election Commission Bangkok, Thailand, March 2. – AP. Thailand had been wracked by occasionally violent political fighting between supporters and opponents of former Prime Minister Thaksin ...

A member of the Nitirat group has said he and his auto-parts tycoon friend would set up a political party as an alternative to voters in the upcoming ... Asst Prof Piyabutr told BBC Thai in an exclusive interview on Friday that now was the right time. ... “Thailand has been weakened by decade-long conflicts.
More than 30 new Thai political parties submitted names and logos on the opening day of party registration in Bangkok on Friday, an early step in the junta-ruled kingdom's halting return to democracy. Thailand has been under army rule since a 2014 coup toppled an elected government that was accused ...
BANGKOK • More than 100 new political parties are expected to launch within weeks in Thailand after registration opens on Friday. ... A junta order signed by the Thai leader last December allows new political parties to be registered, along with their members, starting tomorrow, with existing parties able to ...
BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - More than 100 new political parties are expected to launch within weeks in Thailand after ... for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the party's name could resemble the government's large-scale development project, which is called "Pracha Rath" in Thai.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said all relevant parties, including the Election Commission (EC) and political parties, will hold talks in June to ... The Pheu Thai politician said the EC, which is in charge of holding elections, should work with the government to draw up an election timeline and ...
Bangkok, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The ruling military junta in Thailand has filed charges against 50 activists who demanded them during a protest to abandon ... Since then, the political parties are banned from doing political activities,despite the entry into force in October of a new legislation that regulates ...
... that the Constitution prohibits intervention by outsiders in any political party's internal affairs. “People in power came out to attack [Thaksin] even for former MPs coming to meet him” in Hong Kong, the source added. Thaksin has lived in exile overseas since fleeing Thailand in 2008. Later in the same year, ...
She too has fled Thailand and joins her brother in exile as a fugitive. Despite a political party run by convicted criminals and fugitives, Western diplomats and a collection of faux-activists they fund and organize in Bangkok demand expedient elections in which Thaksin Shinawatra's Pheu Thai Party will still ...
The biggest political party's statement said the practices of the NCPO and the government prevented them solving national and public problems, and ... It also referred to changes to the electoral system, the new law on political parties, and the exercise of Section 44 of the interim constitution to weaken old ...
The government of Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has announced that the military junta ruling the southeast Asian nation will once again ... the enforcement of an election bill by three months so political parties would have more time to prepare for the upcoming national election campaign.
Thailand's military-led government is facing growing criticism for again delaying the next general election that is supposed to return the country to civilian ... The next step in the political process is due to come in March when new political parties will have the opportunity to register members — a full month ...

Samphan was also a deputy leader of the disbanded People's Power Party, the precursor of today's Pheu Thai Party. Samphan announced the new party Tuesday morning from his Bangkok home alongside Ekaporn Rakkwamsuk, another key member of the new party. Ekaporn, 56, is a former deputy labor ...
With the help of Thailand's military government, King Vajiralongkorn revised and then promulgated the country's 20th constitution on 6 April 2017. ... Its powers include the means to overthrow elected leaders, to dissolve political parties, to veto legislation before and after promulgation and to void ...
... to 2 years imprisonment. Rather than face jail, he fled Thailand and has attempted to run his political party remotely as a fugitive since. .... For Washington, no election that even remotely puts Shinawatra and his Pheu Thai Party at a disadvantage will be recognised as “free and fair.” The US and Europe ...
BANGKOK — New Year's Eve is off the chain and Songkran is wild. But what about the next elections cycle? When the day comes they are allowed to campaign, political parties can live up to the name after the interim parliament voted to let them pay for entertainment to win voters' hearts before they head ...
The major divide between Thailand's two main political parties concerns former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The Pheu Thai Party, a descendant of the group founded by Thaksin, dominates the country's north and northeast, while the anti-Thaksin Democrat Party carries the south. But both groups ...
He explained that a change in the opposing political stance between the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties would be a starting point for genuine political reconciliation. “If they could co-operate, it would lead to real political reform and move the country forward, transforming conflict to progressive democracy, ...
The Thai economy will take a hit if international confidence in the country's return to democracy is negatively affected by any delay in holding the ... In addition, he said, the NCPO had not lifted a ban on political parties' activities even though the political party law has been effective for several months.
Their recent submission of separate petitions asking that the Constitutional Court rule on the legality of the NCPO chief's recent use of Article 44 to amend the political party law was the only option available for political parties, said Prinya Thaewanarumitkul, the noted law professor from Thammasat ...
THE Pheu Thai Party yesterday filed a petition with the Constitutional Court and the Ombudsman asking for a ruling on the constitutionality of the junta order on the political parties organic law. The Democrat Party also plans to file a petition next week with the Ombudsman and is currently working on a draft, ...
Yingluck in UK on entrepreneur visa: Pheu Thai. Undo. Democrats to seek Constitutional Court nullification of Article 44 order amending political party law. Undo. Critics condemn Article 44 order on political parties as 'trivial' concession. Undo. Pheu Thai set to challenge junta order on parties. Undo.
The Pheu Thai Party petitioned the Constitutional Court Wednesday to rule on whether the Section 44 order issued by the prime minister to amend the organic law on political parties violates basic rights of party members. The party announced its decision to seek clarification from the court in the hope of ...
"Manipulating the constitution and staying in power at all costs are likely to lead to an inevitable showdown with forces from political parties and civil society," he recently wrote. Anything short of a compromise "will keep Thailand stuck in a cul-de-sac, going into yet another circle to nowhere." ...
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Delegates to the Mon Political Conference have agreed to set up a political party representing all ethnic Mon. To facilitate ... There are currently three Mon political parties: the AMDP, MNP and the Women Party (Mon), registered in 2010, 2012 and 2015 respectively. “We invite all ...
Former senator Paiboon Nititawan has announced his intention to form a new political party which will support Gen Prayut to become an outsider prime ... Under the section, if MPs fail to vote for a prime minister from lists of candidates nominated by political parties, a special process will be triggered to have ...
Former senator Paiboon Nititawan -- a vocal and staunch supporter of Gen Prayut -- who announced that he plans to register a political party in March, yesterday said Thailand is "different from Western countries". It already had many premiers who did not come from political parties as they were necessary ...
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has thrown his support behind a plan to set up a political party to back Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to ... Post-poll politics will see the emergence of a coalition government and an alliance between Gen Prayut and political parties in running the country will ...
The lecturer said that if the court nullifies the NCPO order and the original political party law is retained, there would be “a lot of confusion in Thai politics”. Many political parties would be affected, or even lose their status, as they would be unable to complete certain requirements within the original deadlines ...
Phumtham said the party was studying legal possibilities and what other political parties had done on the issue before proceeding with the petition. As chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Prayut in mid-December issued Order No 53/2560 to amend the political party law to extend ...
Phumtham said the party was studying legal possibilities and what other political parties had done on the issue before proceeding with the petition. As chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Prayut in mid-December issued Order No 53/2560 to amend the political party law to extend ...
“Next year will be the fourth year of military rule in Thailand, and I still foresee the military's shadow for several years with support from the appointed Senate and some mid-sized political parties that support the military,” he said. Paralysing political parties by banning their political activity will also benefit the ...
The road map has since been at the heart of the regime and its promise, to the Thai people and to the world, to re-establish civilian rule. ... By law, an election must be held 150 days after the promulgation of the four organic laws – on the Senate, MPs, political parties and the Election Commission (EC).
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (R) and Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan before a weekly cabinet meeting at ... When former Thai coup-maker General Suchinda Kraprayoon's wife, Wannee, dreamt that her soldier husband would stay in power for a decade, her ...
Several sources in the Pheu Thai Party says attempts are afoot to recruit its members to a new political party backed by members of the armed forces. ... 18 months at the latest. After four years out of national administration, he said, all political parties would be in a similarly weak position before the polls.
"Next year will be the fourth year of military rule in Thailand and I still foresee the military's shadow for several years with support from the appointed Senate and some mid-sized political parties which support the military," he said. Paralyzing political parties by banning their political activity will also benefit ...
In a rare sign of unity, the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties are working toward a common goal -- filing a complaint against a regime order to alter the organic law on political parties. The Pheu Thai Party yesterday said the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) move was an attempt to gain an ...
“Why must the foundation of a new political party be approved by the NCPO case by case? Isn't that the job of the election ... “The NCPO has established itself as the father of new political parties,” wrote Sunai Phasuk, a senior Thai researcher for Human Rights Watch. The order also stated that parties will ...
Siripan Nogsuan Sawasdee, an expert on political parties at Chulalongkorn University, also said the absolute order seemed “too trivial to be true”, ... Nikorn Chamnong, Chart Thai Pattana Party director, agreed that the new order needed to state clearly what was allowed given that the political party law ...
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said he will lift a ban on political activity that has been in place since a 2014 military coup. Prayuth, who is head of the military junta, said that Thailand will hold an election in November 2018, but until it lifts the ban there is no pathway for other parties to participate.
Major political parties had urged the government for months to lift the ban to allow parties to prepare for the vote and the announcement won some applause from government critics. Prayuth, who is also head of the junta, has said that Thailand will hold an election in November 2018 – news that was largely ...
Around 400 people have gathered at a monument to democracy in the Thai capital to urge the military government not to delay a national election planned later ... Political parties of all stripes have been urging the military government for months to lift a ban on campaigning and allow them to prepare for the ...
This change was supposedly intended to give political parties, who have been harshly repressed since May 2014, time to re-emerge and prepare for national elections. Still, with ... The delay also could allow the junta to create new ways to suppress Puea Thai, the dominant political party before the coup.
It was also seen as aiming to destroy the political party system and the rights and freedom of their members, besides adding an unnecessary burden ... Pheu Thai said the order would pave the way for the establishment of political parties that support the NCPO and its leader so that it could hold on to power.
Pheu Thai challenges Prayut's order for political parties ... Rueangkrai Leekitwatana of the Pheu Thai Party is seen in a picture taken in April. ... Ruengkrai Leekitwatana, a legal affairs officer of the country's biggest political party, filed the request at the Office of the Constitutional Court, asking it to revoke ...


 

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