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Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin visited former leader Thaksin Shinawatra at his residence on Saturday.
Feb 24, 2024
Thai PM meets Thaksin amid questions over clout in government
The meeting was Thaksin’s first high-profile meet with a Thai politician since being released on parole on Feb. 18.
Thailand will seek to get a new cannabis bill explicitly outlawing the recreational use of cannabis approved by the end of October.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Feb 22, 2024
Thailand aims for clampdown on recreational cannabis by year-end
The move would put thousands of marijuana shops and farms out of business.
Former Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat was declared not guilty in his media shareholding case by Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday.
Jan 25, 2024
Thai court clears former PM hopeful Pita Limjaroenrat in share case
Thailand’s constitution bars politicians from owning shares in media firms to prevent platforms being abused for personal gains and to protect media freedom.
Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin at the Thailand Economic Outlook conference in Bangkok in October
Nov 9, 2023
Thailand’s 'salesman' PM travels the world to court investments
Srettha Thavisin is acting as Thailand’s chief salesman, enticing tourists, investors and anything or anyone that can support the nation’s growth.
Great Wall Motor's Ora Good Cat electric vehicles are charged at the company's charging station at Siam Square in Bangkok
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 27, 2023
Thailand bets on EVs to draw trillion baht in investment
The country has set up a "special operation” center to catch what its investment board head calls the "big fish” of the EV industry.
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra waves after arriving at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok on Tuesday.
Aug 22, 2023
Thailand's Thaksin returns to jail after years in exile
Thaksin, who was found guilty in absentia in four corruption cases and still faces 10 years in prison, was taken into custody by the police.
Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat leaves after voting for house speaker at the parliament in Bangkok on July 4.
Aug 17, 2023
Thailand to hold PM vote next week as new bloc eyes power
The announcement of the new schedule came after the court last month denied pro-democracy leader Pita Limjaroenrat a second shot at the job.
Members of the armed forces stand with flags of Thailand outside the Grand Palace during celebrations to mark King Maha Vajiralongkorn's 71st birthday in Bangkok on July 28.
Aug 4, 2023
Thailand’s wait for a premier gets longer, rattling markets
A revised schedule for a prime minister vote may be set after a Constitutional Court decision on Aug. 16.
Pheu Thai's prime ministerial candidates Paetongtarn Shinawatra (center, right) — daughter of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra — and Srettha Thavisin (center, left), a local property tycoon, at a campaign event in Bangkok on May 12
Aug 3, 2023
Thai party to unveil new coalition after Move Forward break
Conservative parties are expected to join the new coalition and their inclusion would boost support for the nomination of Srettha Thavisin.
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2023
Thai election winner lets ally lead government formation
The Move Forward Party leader has been blocked at every turn by conservative parties and military-appointed officials.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2023
As 'Detroit of Asia,' Thailand targets battery-makers to stay ahead in EV race
Long established as an auto hub, Thailand is determined to keep its grip on the economically crucial industry as the pivot to electric vehicles gathers pace.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2023
Thai PM candidate Pita willing to let ally form government
Pita said he will renew his candidacy for prime minister when the parliament meets again Wednesday, while acknowledging that time was running out for him to secure the top job.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Here’s how Thailand’s PM race can take a whole new turn
After failing to win over Thai conservatives in his first attempt to become prime minister, things are looking increasingly difficult for Pita Limjaroenrat.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2023
Uncertainty looms over Thai PM vote even if front-runner wins
Thai politician Pita Limjaroenrat will have his first shot at occupying the country’s top political office Thursday, as lawmakers gathered to elect a new prime minister.
Japan Times
Jul 10, 2023
Thai coalition leader Pita rallies supporters ahead of PM vote
To secure the premiership, Pita still needs the support of more than a quarter of the 250-member Senate — a body appointed by the royalist military establishment following a 2014 coup.
Japan Times
Jul 3, 2023
Thai parliament to meet for first time since May vote, looking to elect PM
The gathering is set to kick off the process of government formation by a coalition of pro-democracy parties seeking to end almost a decade of military-backed and pro-royalist rule.
Japan Times
Jun 28, 2023
Time running out for surprise Thai election winner Pita Limjaroenrat
Ever since he led his party to a surprise first-place finish in Thailand’s election last month, he’s faced a flurry of legal complaints and controversies challenging his bid to take power.
Japan Times
May 19, 2023
Thai coalition talks spook markets amid split over law on royals
Signs of a tough fight ahead emerged after Bhumjaithai, a party that came third in the election, said it won’t back Pita to become prime minister because of his quest to change Article 112.
Japan Times
May 16, 2023
‘Bangkok Spring’ sets up showdown over role of Thai monarchy
The push to directly change laws affecting the monarchy breaks a longstanding taboo — even the suggestion of disloyalty to the palace has been grounds for a military coup.
Japan Times
May 15, 2023
Thai opposition chief seeks mandate after strong election result
Thailand’s top pro-democracy groups moved to begin talks on forming a government after a stronger-than-forecast showing in Sunday’s elections.


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