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Thailand’s oldest political party chooses new leader

Thailand’s oldest political party has named Jurin Laksanawisit as its new leader following its abysmal performance in recent elections that led to the resignation of its previous chief. Continue reading

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Newly appointed Thai Senate includes many soldiers, police

Thailand’s newly appointed 250-member Senate, which will play a crucial role in selecting the country’s next prime minister, will have more than 100 members of the police and military who have wielded power since a 2014 coup ousted an elected government. Continue reading

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11 small Thai parties support army-backed candidate for PM

Eleven small political parties in Thailand have announced they will support the military-backed candidate to form the next government, seven weeks after the country’s first general election after five years of army rule. Continue reading

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Thai exile’s parents seek information on his disappearance

The parents of a self-exiled Thai activist who disappeared after reportedly being extradited from Vietnam have visited government offices and diplomatic missions to seek information about his fate. Continue reading

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Student who shared BBC story about Thai king freed from jail

A student activist who was imprisoned for sharing a BBC article about Thailand’s king on Facebook has been released under a royal pardon. Continue reading

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Thai election count finalized, leaving no clear winner

Thailand’s Election Commission has announced the final results of the March 24 general election, which leave no party with an absolute majority. Continue reading

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Official Thai election results favor anti-military party

Thailand’s Election Commission has officially endorsed the results from the country’s March 24 general election, declaring that the Pheu Thai Party associated with fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra topped the field by winning 136 consti… Continue reading

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Elephants kneel in ritual tribute to Thailand’s new king

Eleven white-painted elephants, their tusks garlanded, have gathered with their handlers before Bangkok’s Grand Palace to pay respects to Thailand’s newly crowned king. Continue reading

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Thai king wrapping up coronation with audience for public

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is wrapping up three days of coronation ceremonies with appearances before the public and the diplomatic corps. Continue reading

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Newly crowned Thai king begins 2nd day of coronation events

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has launched the second day of coronation activities with a ceremony to grant new titles to members of the royal family. Continue reading

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The Latest: Thai king begins coronation rituals

The Latest on the coronation of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Continue reading

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Coronation this weekend will boost Thai king’s regal power

After a more than a decade of political strife, including a military coup and a contentious election less than two months ago, the people of Thailand are witnessing this weekend the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a centuries-old royal tradit… Continue reading

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Elaborate pageantry and ritual of Thai king’s coronation

The official coronation of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn , who is also known as Rama X, involves months of rituals that will culminate in three days of elaborate pageantry, including a parade and an appearance by the monarch on a balcony of the G… Continue reading

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Thailand’s king appoints his consort as queen

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will have his official coronation on Saturday, has appointed his consort as the country’s queen. Continue reading

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Netflix announces deal for film about Thailand’s cave boys

Netflix has announced it will join with the production company for the movie Crazy Rich Asians to make a film about last July’s dramatic rescue of 12 village boys in northern Thailand who were trapped with their soccer coach in a flooded cave for more … Continue reading

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Thai Election Commission to investigate popular politician

Thailand’s state Election Commission has agreed to investigate whether the leader of a popular new political party that ran a strong third in last month’s general election may not have been qualified to run as a candidate. Continue reading

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Thai election body orders redo in places over irregularities

Thai election authorities have ordered a recount of votes and new elections in some polling areas after finding irregularities in last month’s elections. Continue reading

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Thai junta files sedition complaint against new party leader

Thailand’s ruling junta has filed a complaint accusing the leader of a popular new political party of sedition and aiding criminals. Continue reading

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Thai army chief sends warning to critics of the monarchy

Thailand’s influential army chief has warned that the military will strongly fight any moves that threaten the country’s system of a constitutional monarchy with the king as head of state. Continue reading

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Car of Thai anti-junta activist torched after protest rally

An activist opposed to military rule in Thailand says his car was set on fire and gutted early Monday, just hours after he attended a rally protesting the Election Commission’s alleged mismanagement of the March 24 general election. Continue reading

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