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Pheu Thai

The Pheu Thai Party (PTP) (For Thais Party) is the third incarnation of a Thai political party originally founded by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

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Source: search prayut, shinawatra and co.th. Pheu Thai slams regime over Yingluck ...
Yongyuth arraigned in Alpine Golf Course case: Former Pheu Thai Party leader Yongyut Wichaidith was Wednesday...
Exiled former Thai PM and telecoms magnate still pulling strings within Pheu Thai
The actions against Ms Yingluck indicated selective use of laws, undermined the rule of law and destroyed democracy.
Pheu Thai slams regime over Yingluck fine
Who are really behind this order which has to use sect 44 not existing laws//BPost: Pheu Thai slams...
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Pheu Thai slams regime over Yingluck fine [BKKPost]
DTN Thailand: A cautionary tale for Pheu Thai: Autumn was coming, but it was still warm, and a little bird dec...
Hundreds show up to attend a religious rite for Por at Wat Klang. Former Pheu Thai MP and ... Thailand News
I am confused, a month ago, some poll said 95+% approved of the General//BPost: Pheu Thai now most popular party...
Pheu Thai not as popular as you might think...
Pheu Thai Party politicians yesterday criticised the government over its decision to buy rubber sheets from...
Bangkok University Poll hardly scientific 1052 people polled. Democrat Party now trailing Pheu Thai in Bangkok too.
Poll shows popularity dip for Pheu Thai and Democrat parties. The Research Centre of Bangkok ... Thailand News
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Pheu Thai now most popular party - Bangkok Poll: The popularity ratings of other parties in January are 1.3% f...
Nothing new I guess. Pheu Thai now (?) most popular party - Bangkok Poll.
is now most popular party, largely because of 10% collapse for Party Coup backfires?
Pheu Thai now most popular party - Bangkok Poll: Pheu Thai Party's popularity rating is now higher than the De...
Pheu Thai criticises govt for only aiding rubber farmers
Pheu Thai's white paper on rice scam sceptical
Pheu Thai’s white paper on rice scam sceptical
Chaturon petitions court for return of his passport: Pheu Thai Party executive Chaturon Chaisang yesterday pet...
2016 calendars printed by Pheu Thai, the political party of Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra.
Seizure of calendars upsets Pheu Thai: Party complains to PM over 'violation of rights' but govt defends governor.
Pheu Thai cries foul over Thaksin-Yingluck calendar ban. The Pheu Thai Party on Monday urged the ... Thailand News
DTN Thailand: Economy will be better under democracy: Pheu Thai: A Pheu Thai Party economic expert has warned ...
: 2016 a year of economic gloom: Pheu Thai: A Pheu Thai Party economic expert has warned that th...
Pheu Thai has to find prominent party leaders that can solve the problems of the...
DTN Thailand: Pheu Thai doubts new charter is acceptable: A Pheu Thai Party legal committee member and former ...
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Pheu Thai against outsider PM in charter - Bangkok Post
Heroes for freedom and democracy begin to emerge.and their not from Pheu Thai or Red Shirt leaders.
4 Years Ago: The “mistake” on ballots the renders the Pheu Thai logo nearly invisible
Dictator Prayuth says he has no plan to include ex Pheu Thai members or redshirts in a new 200 member reform council.
Former Pheu Thai Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng having coffee with army officers before a reform forum at the Army Club
3 year ago: Fierce debate between Red Shirt academics and Red Shirt politicians who work for the Pheu Thai
General Chavalit gives moral support to the prime minister: Core members of the Pheu Thai Party and other well...
the advisory chairman of the Pheu Thai Party said he was ready if he was given a chance.
Pheu Thai non-MP PM will lead to new round of crisis
Pheu Thai assures Thaksin’s speech in Seoul will not touch on domestic affairs ThaiPBS
Who has access to sniper scopes/rifle? "Pheu Thai leader's nephew shot dead"
Hussni Mubarak also used to think that and Qadafi before him and Bin Ali before them and Thaksin-affiliated Pheu Thai Party.
Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will return to Thailand from Europe on Aug 10 as planned, Pheu Thai member Si…
BREAKING NEWS: Thailand's military has declared martial law. The military insists the move does not amount to a coup d'etat, saying it took the action to preserve "law and order." Nevertheless the declaration - apparently made without consultation with the Pheu Thai Party's "caretaker" government, gives the generals wide powers to impose their will. The action follows months of unrest in the Southeast Asian kingdom, where anti-government protesters have clogged Bangkok's streets, determined to bring down the democratically elected government and "eradicate" the Shinawatra family from Thai politics. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed this month by the Constitutional Court, seen by many as a leading actor in what has been dubbed a "rolling silent judicial coup."
IF YOU ARE trying to get rid of the legitimately elected government of your country, it helps to have the Constitutional Court, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), and the Election Commission on your side. And Thailand’s Constitutional Court has come through for the opposition once again: it has just ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine of her cabinet ministers for improperly removing a civil servant from office. This is the latest move in an eight-year campaign by the old political establishment and its middle-class supporters in Bangkok to destroy a populist party, twice renamed and currently called Pheu Thai, that has won every election since 2001. The street protests by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) that have intermittently paralysed Bangkok since last November get the headlines, but the courts remain an indispensable weapon too. The civil servant who lost his post, Thawil Pliensri, was the head of the National Security Council. He was appointed by a pre ...
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Thousands of protesters are marching in Thailand's capital in an attempt to bring down a caretaker government appointed after a court removed Yingluck Shinawatra as prime minister. Protesters on Friday vowed to besiege television stations, government offices and police positions in Bangkok if the remnants of Yingluck's Pheu Thai Party administration were not removed within three days.
Current Female Presidents and Prime Ministers around the World Newly Thai’s Prime Minister Shinawatra Yingluck has become the newest member of the club of current female presidents and prime ministers in the world. On Thursday 5 August, Shinawatra Yingluck was voted as the newly Thai’s Prime Minister as well as the first woman to hold the office in Thai history with 296 votes in the nearly 500-member parliament. And today is the official day of the 44-year-old Shinawatra as the country’s leader when King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed her appointment as the 28th prime minister with a royal command presented at a ceremony at her Pheu Thai Party headquarters. Making a speech after certificated officially on Monday, Shinawatra announced: "To be the first female prime minister like this is a big challenge and carries high expectations of the people." but expressed her confidence that "being a woman will not be an obstacle because women combine strength and tenderness in solving problems." Yingluck Shinawat ...
Thailand - political unrest - short before Valentine's day the news that talks are taking place .an opinion piece in The Nation Negotiated solution the best way out of debilitating political impasse Peace will never come before talks. But successful talks need the consent of all parties. BANGKOK: -- It appears that Thailand has again come to the point of no return. The political stalemate seems to have hit a dead end, as the two sides are showing no signs of stepping back during the almost four months of anti-government rallies. Although there were some meetings between both sides, they failed to reach any agreement. Like the latest effort initiated by the caretaker Yingluck government to hold talks, it was immediately shot down by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Former deputy prime minister Wissanu Kruangam last weekend revealed that he was in the process of attempting to broker negotiations between the government and PDRC. But he refused to elaborate, saying he feared the government wou ...
Counting the 'no' votes as pro-Thaksin? That's rich! "You can manipulate the "No" votes by interpreting them as pro-democracy or pro-Thaksin. After all, going to the polls or boycotting them became somewhat a proxy political war before February 2. Pheu Thai was asking Thais to vote, not necessarily for it, but for the sake of the "democratic spirit". The "No" votes were in the turn-out, which might not be too bad considering the political chaos." The Nation 12-02-14
Yingluck's busily trying to shut down the flow of funds going to the protesters -- but I don't see any legal basis for this -- nor is it practical. The Constitutional Court's rejected the Pheu Thai case against protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban, et al, saying that the demonstrators were merely exercising their right to protest against the government, not attempting to overthrow it by unconstitutional means. So, why is Yingluck trying to halt a legal exercise of one's rights? Announcers on stage have read off thousands of donor names, and tens of thousands of people have pressed money into Suthep's hands, captured on media tape during his marches. Rule of law demands that all be treated without fear or favor; Is Yingluck going to bring everybody to court? If Yingluck charges a company for donating, say, instant noodles, and it turns out that they were sold to the demonstrators, then she'd be setting herself up for a countersuit for defamation. Many large companies probably give to both sides, as insurance n ...
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Court refuses to rule on legality of election February 12, 2014 1:16 pm The Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected a request to rule on the legality of the February 2 election. The request was put forward by former Democrat MP Wirat Kalayasiri last week. He cited Article 68 of the Constitution and also called for dissolution of the ruling Pheu Thai Party and the exclusion of its executives from politics for five years. The Nation
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Here is an interesting article from "The Economist" this week - Approaching the endgame? A messy poll leaves Thailand in an even worse pickle ELECTIONS are supposed to provide political solutions. The one Thailand held on February 2nd served only to further exacerbate its problems. Both sides of the political divide claimed a victory. The governing Pheu Thai Party, which had defied protesters’ efforts to scupper the vote through disruption, intimidation and a boycott, could boast that nearly 90% of polling stations opened for business and that nearly half of voters turned out. But the protesters and the main opposition Democrat Party which backs them thwarted voting in enough places to mean that, constitutionally, no government can be formed. They may now succeed in having the whole election annulled by the courts. And these might even find a reason to dissolve Pheu Thai. The enemies of Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister, are inching closer to their goal of forcing her to resign. The evening after ...
Pheu Thai case against Suthep thrown out
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Talks are the only way out of limbo for Pheu Thai: THE EMBATTLED government of Yingluck Shinawatra is like a c...
All sides should refrain: "Suthep accused of lese majeste by ex Pheu Thai MP"
Thailand - political unrest - only elections no secret deals can help say some academics... ivory tower or wishful thinking ? Only an election, not secret deals, can bring peace February 12, 2014 Division and conflict in Thai society this time is too deep for the tradition of secret deals among the elite to mend. The elements of the conflict include social class, economic interest and political ideology. On the surface, it is clearly a political conflict between two major camps - the ruling Pheu Thai Party on one side and the opposition Democrat Party on the other. On top of the social structure, conservative royalists are worried about changes in Thailand - changes that might take authority from them. They are desperately seeking a smooth transition of the reigning power. The capitalist elite are also making major decisions about which side they should rely on. On the ground, the political landscape has dramatically changed in recent decades. This change is dynamic and powerful, and shaking up the entire ...
Feb 2 election will prove Pheu Thai on the way out
Thailand - National Counter Corruption Agency will probe against care taker PM Yinluck end of February ... NACC set to charge PM over rice scheme late Feb BANGKOk, 11 February (NNT) - The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is expected to press charges against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her role in alleged irregularities in the rice-pledging scheme late this month. According to Witthaya Arkompitak, an NACC member, the agency has been gathering evidence in order to indict the premier and has summoned rice farmers who have lodged complaints against her to testify. The NACC earlier recommended to the Pheu Thai government that the programme be suspended due to its massive financial losses and large-scale irregularities. Mr Witthaya has also made known that the agency is speeding up its investigation into the impeachment case against 383 senators and MPs for their support of the Senate composition constitutional amendment. The case is set to be concluded early in March. -- NNT 2014-02-11
Pheu Thai Party rejects Thaksin overture for talks with protesters |
Red Shirt Party takes hit in poll. "No" vote weakens support base, even in home districts.
I’ve commented ‘What passport is he travelling with, dual citizenship is not permitted in Thailand!?’ on a Bangkok Post ‘Pheu Thai: Thaksin was in Myanmar last week’ story at Do you agree?
Pheu Thai, 3 allied parties to form govt Tue, February 11, 2014 10:31 AM Caretaker Interior Minister and Pheu Thai Party leader, Charupong Ruangsuwan, has insisted his party will form a new government along with its current three coalition parties. The Pheu Thai, Chart Pattana, Chartthaipattana and Phalang Chon parties are still close allies, Mr Charupong said. The four parties will maintain their strong relationship to pave the way for the formation of a new government together, he added.
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Pheu Thai, 3 allied parties to form govt
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Bangkok Post > Pheu Thai: Thaksin was in Myanmar last week - Speculation was rife on social media and a Pheu Thai ...
Thaksin trip to Myanmar confirmed by Pheu Thai | Bangkok Post: news Bangkok Post Online photographs of the affair spread quickly. They show Thaksin at a temple taking part in a merit-making ceremony. Senator Somchai Sawaengkarn is believed to be one of the first to share the images. He asked: ''Who'...
Did I not predict this only yesterday?
Pheu Thai Party vows not to abandon farmers:
Pheu Thai Party vows not to abandon farmers
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Western journalists/blogger saying "Pheu Thai lost support"? What do you think Abhisit's fascists would've polled if they'd run? 10%? 5%?
Police shake-up smacks of Thaksin Investigators with govt links receive promotions in Pheu Thai strongholds.
No grand bargain amid Thailand political crisis: Pheu Thai officials say that even once they have formed a...
Pheu Thai Party trapped from all sides; EC showing its hand in one of them.
Assault with deadly weapon on YL and Pheu Thai...lol
pheu thai smells a trap in EC bid for a new decree - the nation...
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Pheu Thai threatens 'eye for an eye' as Democrats head to court - The Nation via
Red-shirt lawyer petitions DSI to probe judges citing insurrection and lese majeste
Deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen has denied being contacted by the governing Pheu Thai Party about running for governor of Bangkok.Elections will take place Feb. 17 and some have speculated that Pol Gen Pongsapat would be picked to run after current governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra's...
Pheu Thai uses and accepts the ... via
Pheu Thai smells a 'trap' in EC bid for new decree:
I NEED A DOLLAR DOLLAR, A DOLLAR IS WHAT I NEED We’d like to start off by quoting the lyrics of our hip-hop idol Soulja Boy, as “stacks on stacks on stacks” of cash money were handed out to Suthep during his march today. This time people are donating to support rice farmer’s battle against Yingluck’s government. So, why are rice farmers protesting the government? It’s because of the rice scheme that has been running since Pheu Thai came to power. What happened? well… there were a lot of screw-ups here and there (find details in our older post) and now the program has run out of money. This leaves around one million farmers waiting for around 100 billion baht. As you can see, it’s a bit of a s**t show as the government themselves are struggling to find funds and the farmers are very unhappy. Isn’t this the perfect for time for Suthep to make new friends? Suthep now wants to play the role of “Saviour Suthep” and announced that the PDRC will raise at least 10 million baht to help the fa ...
Opinion Edits Salt in ‘84 wounds National interests, which must take precedence over those of any political or administrative entity, dictate that the government immediately make public all documents and correspondence pertaining to India seeking and receiving military advice from Britain on dealing with the situation that exploded as Operation Bluestar in 1984. When the wounds of that traumatic phase in history ~ the massacre of Sikhs after Indira Gandhi’s assassination in particular ~ have been reopened by Rahul Gandhi’s insensitive, immature and probably ignorant comments on those killings, the revelations from Westminster would amount to salt being rubbed into them. There is every danger that in the absence of complete and authentic disclosures the limited information could be exploited to political and sectarian advantage, perhaps with international fall-out. If sections of the Opposition in Britain are uncomfortable enough with their reportedly limited, unheeded, advisory military involvement ...
After byelections & despite gun attacks on voters, threats and blockade looks like Pheu Thai will beat Democrat Party total from 2011.
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(7 February) Pheu Thai spokesman has accused anti-government protest leader of buying lands in a southern province with donation money.
WATCH: Controversy surrounds the recently concluded election in Thailand. Can the ruling Pheu Thai Party claim victory from the one- sided polls? Will the result further strengthen or weaken Prime Minister Yingluck’s grip on power? out on INSIGHT, Tonight at 8pm.
I’ve commented ‘Looking at PT performance regarding Rice Pledging Scheme, Water Management and others they still can get a majority of votes? Amazing!’ on a Bangkok Post ‘Pheu Thai predicts election victory for 300 candidates’ story at Do you agree?
TH : Scholar sees Pheu Thai 'in decline'  - According to Mr Somchai, the People's Democratic Reform Committee...
I am waiting for all the violence and political differences and all the stupidity to end and then come to Thailand !! Specially it is said everywhere that the problem is mostly in Bangkok areas so I thought that it is the smartest to avoid BKK as much as possible !! It is a very good thing that the US government has ruled out any MILITARY COUPE IN THAILAND ! I am very surprised ! It is so obvious that most of Thai people love and vote for the "Pheu Thai Party" but the opposition keeps stopping and causing problems with the "THAI ELECTIONS" because the opposition know that the "Pheu Thai Party" will win the Thai elections with a vast majority ! I also read the news of China not buying Rice from Thailand because of some claims corruption in the rice dealings ! All of these are very disappointing ! I was going to buy a ticket and come next week ! But the problem is really something else with me ! I made a mistake again and after finding a little money, I lend about 50,000 Thai Baht to my Iranian Wife to buy ...
THE WORLD MUST HELP THAILAND CAPTURE OR KILL THIS CONDEMNED TERRORIST-MR.Thaksin Shinawatra Who is still acting his terrorism from other countries through Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai Party. The evidence are secure.
Yingluck Shinawatra, leader of Thailand's opposition Pheu Thai Party and the sister of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, talks about what she would do if her party wins the nation's July 3 election. Yingluck spoke with Bloomberg's Daniel Ten Kate in Bangkok yesterday. (Source: Bloomberg)
said today that she would revise the rice-pledging scheme if her Pheu Thai Party is re-elected.
Pheu Thai files petition for Democrat Party dissolution
U start by making sure to enroll them in Pheu Thai Party.
Pheu Thai has petitioned EC to order the dissolution of the Democrat Party and ban its executive committee members from politics for 5 years
Thailand - Bangkok Shutdown Day 22 - still no end in sight ? more legal battles ahead and new demonstrations are looming. Still no clear end-game in sight after poll Somroutai Sapsomboon The Nation February 5, 2014 Low turnout, obstructions hurt govt; PDRC turns to agencies as army stays put After three months of protest, the anti-government People's Demo-cratic Reform Committee (PDRC) is still unable to finish its fight and oust the Yingluck Shinawatra government. So the question lingers: "How will this game end?" A key PDRC leader has said this game is too big for the group alone to win. It needs help from powerful assistants: the military and independent agencies. In an overview, this "game of power" is a fight between the government and the PDRC. Both are competing to claim legitimacy and that they are only using peaceful means. The government's strategy is to depend on the law. Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's decision to dissolve the House on December 9 closed the possibility of her re ...
Democrat Party today asked Constitutional Court to nullify Feb 2 election, dissolve Pheu Thai for govt's invocation of Emergency Decree-NNA
Tuesday This Day in History: 1996 – Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ties all-time record low temperature at -26 °F (-32.2 °C) (Tod's hometown) Happy Birthday! 1953 – Kitarō, Japanese composer Celebrating! Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom in 1948. Daily Briefing (From the Asia News Network): Yingluck Shinawatra's Pheu Thai Party stands to win at least 300 parliamentary seats through recent general election even though each candidate has won fewer votes in the past, The Nation reports, citing a source. North and South Korea have agreed to hold working-level talks on Wednesday, to prepare for the first reunion of families separated between the states in over three years, as early as later this month, The Korea Herald writes. The Malaysian couple held in Sweden for allegedly hitting their son for not wanted to perform his prayers, is expected to be charged in court next Monday, says The Star. A recent survey ...
The Pheu Thai Party is poised to dominate the House of Representatives with at least 300 MPs following Sunday's general election, but has warned supporters not to start victory celebrations polls just yet.
Thailand - ELECTION DAY - international observers came in as well Members of international group to observe polling Pravit Rojanaphruk The Sunday Nation February 2, 2014 1:00 am An international election watchdog will deploy some 20 observers for today's snap election, focusing mostly on the issues of people's participation and the right to vote without hindrance. The team from the Asian Network for Free Elections (Anfrel), a pan-Asia non-profit election observing organisation, is technically a "study mission" instead of a full election observation mission, said Anfrel project coordinator for Thailand, Pongsak Chanon. He said this was due to the decision by the Election Commission (EC) and the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra administration to go ahead with the election just a few days ago. The team is led by Anfrel's Filipino chairperson, Damaso Magbual, Pongsak said. Observers will come from nine countries, mostly from Asia and they will be posted in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces of Samut Prakan, N ...
Rice-Pledging Scheme No loans to pay for rice Suphanee Pootpisut, Petchanet Pratruangkrai The Nation January 31, 2014 1:00 am Pheu Thai may pay the price at the ballot box for failure to pay farmers The caretaker government suffered a major setback yesterday when it failed to secure massive loans to pay farmers ahead of Sunday's election. The government seeks loans to pay for crops farmers sold months ago under its flagship rice-pledging programme. This bad news is likely to hit the ruling Pheu Thai Party hard at the ballot box, after many rice farmers threatened to boycott the election or vote against the party if they were not paid before the election. Leaders of farmers' groups from all over the country agreed yesterday to start protesting on the streets tomorrow if the government fails to settle what it owes to farmers by today, said Songpol Poonsawat, who represents farmers in Ang Thong. "This is our response to the government's failure to pay attention to our suffering. We farmers have been waiting ...
Thailand - pre-elections mess - demonstrators asking resignation of non-neutral Election Commissioner Group demands resignation of Election Commissioner January 30, 2014 5:15 pm A group of 5,000 people have called for the resignation of Election (EC) Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, accusing him of carrying out his duty without neutrality and attempting to destroy democracy. Pinkaew Luangaramsri, lecturer at the Sociology and Anthropology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University led a group of 10 to submit an open letter bearing the signatures of 5,000 people to the Election Commission. The letter stated that after the House was dissolved, Somchai had proposed to the government that it defer the election and asked the Constitutional Court to rule who had the authority to defer the election. The letter said the group would petition the Constitutional Court if the EC attempted to nullify the election. Meanwhile Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit presented questions to the E ...
Divided Thailand readies for advance voting on Sunday AP | Jan 25, 2014, 06.48 PM IST BANGKOK: A tense Thailand prepared for Sunday's round of advance voting as the main Feb 2 elections still hang in the balance. The ruling party indicated it wants the vote to go ahead but was willing to delay it if political rivals end months of protests and agree to recognize the legitimacy of a new vote. Yingluck Shinawatra's government is under extreme pressure from the protesters who have occupied key intersections in Bangkok and tried to shut down government offices and prevent civil servants from working. They have vowed to disrupt the elections, want Yingluck to resign and an appointed interim government to implement anti-corruption reforms before a new vote can take place. On Friday, the Constitutional Court ruled that the government, in agreement with the Election Commission, could postpone the polls. But Yingluck's Pheu Thai Party questioned the legal basis for the ruling. One official, Thanin Boonsuwan, sugges ...
BANGKOK — Thailand’s political protests have been marked by vague demands for government reform. Economists also say the country’s future growth depends on passing significant political and institutional reforms, but neither the ruling party, nor the opposition are likely to implement them. Thailand has enjoyed a remarkable economic rise in recent decades largely from free-trade policies and foreign investment that used the country’s cheap labor to build products for export. In 1988, more than 40 percent of the population lived below the national poverty line. By 2010, that had fallen to less than 8 percent. This growth led to dramatic political changes in rural Thailand, as wealthier voters deepened their engagement in the country’s political process. The ruling Pheu Thai Party has leveraged the trend for a string of victories at the polls. Their opponents, the Democrats, backed by voters in Bangkok and southern Thailand, continue to lose ground. "In the north and North East and other parts of ...
EC ignores Pheu Thai's legal action threat Election Commission ignored a threat by the ruling Pheu Thai Party to sue it after officially asked the caretaker prime minister to issue a royal decree to fix a new election date.
Politics: Pheu Thai: Why delay vote till May 4? (Updated: Monday, 13th January 2014 at 1:00 am THAI) BANGKOK, THAILAND -- Party wants EC to explain why later poll date would be preferable. Pheu Thai Party leader and caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan said the government was ready to consider the Election Commission (EC)'s proposal that the election be postponed, but said the agency should state why it believed the election would go smoothly if it was held on May 4. "Has the EC gone to soothsayers, such as ET?" Charupong said in a reference to E Thi, Myanmar's most famous fortune-teller. Charupong said that legally, the election could not be postponed beyond February 6, as the election law stated it must be held within 60 days of a House dissolution. The only exceptions are in cases of disasters or riots, and only in the affected areas, not nationwide. "If we postpone because of fears that there would be violence, it would set a bad precedent for future elections,'' he said. Pheu Thai spokesm ...
A well written summary of the upcoming situation (not only what will happen on Monday, Jan 13 but also the money fight among the most corrupt politicians on both sides): "The (start of the) endgame in our political battle arrives on Monday (Jan 13), when "Occupy Bangkok" begins. Anti-government protesters will "shut down" the capital until caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is forced out of office. At this point, amid Thailand's largest-ever mass demonstrations, the Shinawatras are doomed to lose the battle and eventually the war. But at what cost? Before we answer this question, let's consider some key elements of the current political saga: Thaksin Shinawatra, a fugitive from justice, will never see Thailand again now that the amnesty bill has been killed. The Constitutional Court has blocked Pheu Thai's attempt to exert complete control over the Senate so that it might gain more influence over appointments to independent bodies. The February 2 election, even if it is held, has been boycotted ...
Yingluck to take back seat in Pheu Thai poll campaign: Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra remain...
Pheu Thai on Monday confirmed Yingluck Shinawatra as the party's candidate for prime minister if it wins the next election.
Dems reject post-poll reform proposal Tue, December 17, 2013 01:00 AM The Democrat Party has rejected a Pheu Thai proposal to wait until after the Feb 2 elections before pushing for national reform. The proposal was floated during the forum called by the caretaker government on Sunday to find solutions to the political crisis. Most participants agreed that the Feb 2 election should take place. The Pheu Thai Party's representative, Chaturon Chaisaeng, suggested all parties push for political reform after the election. Once the reforms are complete, the new government will dissolve the House to call a new election, he said. "Where is the guarantee [this promise will be kept]?" Democrat spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut asked yesterday, referring to a scenario in which Pheu Thai returns to form a new government. His party and anti-government protesters distrust the Yingluck Shinawatra administration, he said. Mr Chavanond said many forum participants were familiar faces working closely with the government ...
"Legal experts at Pheu Thai hope the court would simply rule the amendment unconstitutional and order it stopped"
Thai Stocks Tumble Most Worldwide on Amnesty Bill: Bangkok Mover Thailand’s stocks fell the most in a month, with the benchmark index posting the biggest drop worldwide, amid speculation that a bill granting amnesty for political offenses will spur protests against the government. The benchmark SET Index (SET) dropped 2.4 percent to 1,448.54 at the close in Bangkok, its biggest decline since Sept. 23 and the steepest drop among global equity gauges tracked by Bloomberg. Minor International Pcl (MINT), the operator of fast-food restaurant chains and hotel resorts, slumped 5.3 percent. Central Plaza Hotel Pcl fell 6.4 percent. A parliamentary committee voted last week to add a clause to the ruling Pheu Thai Party’s bill that would annul legal cases stemming from the country’s 2006 coup, including the conviction of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the Nation reported Oct. 18. Thailand’s government, now led by Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra, the same day extended the use of the Intern ...
The flooding began in late July and has killed 527 people, mostly by drowning. Some provinces north of Bangkok have been inundated for more than a month, although floodwater there has started to recede in recent days as massive pools of runoff flow south. The water has inexorably made its way into Bangkok, causing distress among the capital's more than 9 million inhabitants and heightening criticism of government's inefficiency in countering the problem. "Now it's time for all Thai people to help each other, so I've informed (the host) that I would not go," Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said. The Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit, hosted by President Barack Obama, will bring together 21 leaders, including Chinese President Hu Jintao. It would have given novice politician Ms Yingluck diplomatic experience, but could also have exposed her to criticism of ignoring flooding at home where her rivals are keen to exploit any problems due to the waters. She came to office in August after a Pheu Thai ...
: Pheu Thai gets ready for House debate: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will address the Phe...
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Pheu Thai Party move to get Yaowapa Wongsawat, another sister of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, into the House.
Aide: Thaksin not rushing amnesty: Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra did not order Pheu Thai to push fo...
Thaksin Skypes an amnesty push: Deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has ordered Pheu Thai to make a stro...
Chiang Mai is also the hometown of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and a strong political base for the Pheu Thai government.
Sukhumbhand triumphs Voters strive for balance of power as Democrat defies polls Chief rivals surpass million votes each in record turnout Pheu Thai makes strong gains on Democrats' turf Published: 4 Mar 2013 at 00.25 Online news: Politics Bangkok voters Sunday re-elected Democrat candidate MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra as the city's governor. Democrat Party candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra and Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva exchanged high fives as it became clear Sunday evening that the Democrat candidate has won a second term in office. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu) Political observers consider the result an attempt by the capital's residents to counter the Pheu Thai Party's grasp on power on the national stage. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Democrat Party in the city race. According to the unofficial result from the Election Commission, MR Sukhumbhand received 1,256,231 votes, the largest ever haul in the gubernatorial election. His rival, Pheu Thai candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen, was close behin ...
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HDFF: A MUST read for everyone interested in Thailand... HDFF's Bi-Weekly Thailand Review 25/11-7/12 Summary While the Pitak Siam rally petered out with unexpectedly low turnout, the Pheu Thai government faced corruption allegations in a parliamentary debate that ended with a no-confidence vote for PM Yingluck Shinawatra, a vote that she won with a comfortable 308 to 159 vote. His Majesty the King’s 85th birthday was also celebrated with due and circumstance. Popular tourist destinations Koh Samui and Koh Phangan suffered a blackout during several days, leading to losses of Bt 10 billion as tourists left the islands where many restaurants, entertainment venues and shops closed. In Thailand’s Deep South, schools were closed in two provinces after targeted attacks on teachers that have now been offered increased hazard pay to work in the region. The Institute for Economics and Peace has indexed Thailand as no. 8 on a list of countries most affected by terrorism. Politics What was expected to be a major ...
Profile: Yingluck Shinawatra - Yingluck Shinawatra Born 21 June 1967 Youngest of nine children; elder brother is former PM Thaksin Shinawatra Graduate in political science and business administration, master's degree, Kentucky State University Married to businessman Anusorn Amornchat; has one son Ex-president of Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country's largest mobile phone operator, before it was sold to Singapore's Temasek Holdings Currently president, SC Asset, a family business; she also manages the finances for Thaksin's Pheu Thai Party First woman to run for the country's highest political office - A successful businesswoman, and now with a political career, Yingluck Shinawatra is following in the footsteps of her more famous brother, Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. She was the number one party list candidate for the main opposition Pheu Thai political party, and has become the country's first woman prime minister after the party's victory in the 3 July general election. Yet Ms ...
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Whichever their political allegiance _ red or yellow, Pheu Thai or Democrat _ the village heads and kamnan across the country have found themselves joining hands in the same fight to keep their positions until age 60.
Buoyed by what it calls a big turn-out, the Siam Pitak group is planning to hold its next rally against the Pheu Thai-led government within a month.
Priepan to join Pheu Thai tomorrow: Former police chief Priewpan Damapong will officially apply for membership o...
Transport minister expected to be next Pheu Thai Party leader:
Yingluck Shinawatra celebrates one year in office Yingluck Shinawatra as a Pheu Thai corrupting liar!
Pheu Thai meeting on how to proceed with charter amendment resolves to study full verdict & individual judges' opinions first.
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A court in Thailand rejects petitions against proposed constitutional changes by the ruling Pheu Thai Party.
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