Pheu Thai Party

Thaksin turns campaign to Thai economy

Allies of Thailand’s exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra are seeking to woo voters with a plan to revive economic growth after a failed bid to run King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s sister as a prime minister candidate in next month’s election.Kittiratt Na Ranong, a former finance minister and deputy leader of Pheu Thai – one of several parties backed by Thaksin along with Thai Raksa Chart – said his colleagues are “going forward in full gear” ahead of the 24 March vote.

13 February 2019

Helping the poor for political gain?

Last week, local reports in Thailand revealed that about 600,000 students considered to be “very poor” will soon receive an extra US$24 per semester from the state, as the Equitable Education Fund (EEF) is stepping in to help reduce educational disparities.

18 December 2018

Is Prayut forcing the EC's hand?

Reports have recently surfaced of a proposal by the Election Commission (EC) in Thailand, that ballots for the upcoming election only show the names and numbers of candidates without party logos.

13 December 2018

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning

Thailand's junta on Tuesday lifted a four-year ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections, prompting Thaksin Shinawatra - the exiled billionaire who sits at the heart of the kingdom's political rupture - to hail a "new hope" for the nation.

12 December 2018

Prayut’s popularity takes a hit

Whether or not critics have their suspicions about the National Institute of Development Administration’s (NIDA) independence, that does not change the fact that the institute recently came up with surprising results for its latest poll. For the first time in its series of polls gauging the opinions of Thais when it comes to their choice for next prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha has fallen to second place. The winner in November’s poll?

28 November 2018

Are the Shinawatras planning a comeback?

Recent news reports have revealed that the relatives and allies of ousted Thai prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, have formed a new political party – the Thai Raksa Chart Party.

10 November 2018

Thailand’s largest party braces for polls

Thailand’s Pheu Thai party has chosen 86-year-old senior party member Viroj Pao-in to lead the country’s main opposition party to challenge the ruling junta as it prepares for upcoming elections which are slated to take place in February next year.

30 October 2018

Prayut’s social media ban

Last week, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha launched a new Facebook page, new Twitter and Instagram accounts, and a new website. The move has been met with mixed reactions on social media with some praising and others criticising him. Prayut explained that it was all to “come into closer contact with the public.” Politicians, however, believe he has taken unfair advantage of the situation in the run-up to the general election expected in late February.

22 October 2018

Future Forward Party looking to reinvigorate Thai politics

There’s a new party in town that has got everyone excited. Launched last week, the Anakhot Thai or the Future Forward Party is the latest party to enter the Thai political arena. This new party which aims to breathe a breath of fresh air into Thai politics is led by 39-year-old business tycoon, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Thanathorn is the executive vice president and director at Thai Summit Group, one of the largest auto parts manufacturers in Thailand.

21 March 2018