Thailand

Major players in Thailand’s election

With elections mere days away, the number of parties contesting for the hearts and minds of Thai voters is overwhelming. The Pheu Thai Party has formed several splinter parties with all of them vying for seats. There are also parties with propaganda aimed at inciting conservative Buddhists against the secular government in Bangkok accused of favouring Muslims.

22 March 2019
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'Superman Bangkok' urges Thais to vote

Dressed in a Superman suit with a red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign.

"If you love Thailand: Vote," it says, below the hashtag #supermanbangkok.

Thais go to the polls this weekend for the first time since a coup in 2014.

22 March 2019
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Thai PM looking to keep his job

Thailand’s junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha has had absolute executive power since toppling the government five years ago. Now he’s looking to keep his job after an election – something previous military leaders in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy have struggled to do.

21 March 2019
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Thailand’s new leader must fix the environment

As Thais finally go to the polls on 24 March, there is growing concern among environmental specialists who have pointed out that political parties campaigning for the election have so far failed to present strong policies to ensure the protection of the environment. 

20 March 2019
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The dangers of speaking out in Thailand

Dead dissidents dumped in a river, activists knotted up by the courts, and Big Brother-style internet laws – critics of Thailand's junta fear this week's election is poised to sharpen the dangers faced by those who disagree.

Thais go to the polls on 24 March, in the first election since the 2014 coup that installed the generals in power.

20 March 2019
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Attracting more investors to Thailand

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is slated to become an arterial node for trade, investment, and regional transportation, besides also serving as a strategic gateway to the Southeast Asian region.

19 March 2019
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Record number of Thais turn out for early voting

More than 2.2 million Thais turned out for early voting – almost 90 percent of those registered – for Thailand's hotly anticipated national election, as the junta's main opposition predicted a cliff-hanger to the first poll in eight years.

19 March 2019
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Regime change could weaken Thai economy

A high-speed train that glides from an expanded coastal airport handling 60 million passengers toward cavernous new stations in Bangkok. An infrastructure blitz that takes Thailand’s economy to new heights.

18 March 2019
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Tobacco is killing more Thais

In 2015, Thailand’s National Statistical Office revealed that the number of Thais above the age of 15 who smoked cigarettes had risen to 11.4 million from the previous year – an increase of 21 percent. It also revealed that every year there were about 50,000 Thais who died as a result of smoking.

16 March 2019
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Thailand’s internet gets caged

A cyber-security bill introduced just weeks ahead of Thailand’s first democratic election since a 2014 military coup has stoked concerns that it could be used as a weapon to stifle political dissent.

14 March 2019
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Satire rips into chaotic Thai politics as polls near

A billionaire ex-premier plays poker against the junta chief, who has extra cards tucked up his sleeve – satirical swipes at the country’s chaotic politics are peppering Thai art galleries and social media with elections just weeks away.

Headache Stencil – dubbed "Thailand's Banksy" – has led the artistic charge against the powers that be.

9 March 2019
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Thai court dissolves Thai Raksa Chart

A key party linked to Thailand's powerful Shinawatra clan was dissolved Thursday by a court, just weeks before a general election, over its ill-starred bid to front a princess as a candidate for premier.

8 March 2019
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