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Deputy Junta Leader Say’s Prime Minister’s 2018 Election Date Vow to President Trump “Misunderstood”

– BANGKOK – Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon claimed Wednesday that junta leader Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha did not say the general election would be held next year when he met US President Trump on Monday, but only promised to announce an election date next year, The Deputy junta leader insisted the election will […]

October 10th, 2017 | Posted in Thailand Politics | Read More »

Director General of Thai Customs Orders Tax Collectors to Declare Assets to Finance Ministry

  – BANGKOK – Director-General Kulit Sombatsiri of  the Thai Customs Department is requiring senior officials responsible for tax collection to declare their assets to the Finance Ministry in a bid to increase transparency. Targeted officials must declare their assets when their positions change, the Director-General said. He said the requirement relies on the director-general’s […]

October 9th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand’s Junta Backflips on Election Promise Made with President Trump

– BANGKOK – Coup leader and Gen. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has “clarified” a joint statement he made with US President Donald Trump that a long-awaited election would be held next year. It won’t. The leaders met at the White House last week and issued a joint statement. “President Trump welcomed Thailand’s commitment to the […]

October 9th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thai Junta to Charge Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with Lese Majeste

– BANGKOK – Thailand’s  Military backed Attorney General agreed on Friday to charge ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will lese majeste and computer crimes, after a court issued a second arrest warrant for his sister Yinluck Shinawatra. Thaksin, whose populist movement’s struggle with the Thai establishment has dominated politics for over a decade, lives […]

October 6th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Trump Seeks Stronger Ties to Thailand as he Meets with Thailand’s Prime Minister

– WASHINGTON – Making no reference to Thailand’s military rule, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed strengthening relations with America’s oldest ally in Asia as he welcomed a junta leader who took power in a coup. The Oval Office meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha underscored shifting U.S. foreign policy priorities under Trump, emphasizing […]

October 4th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand’s DSI Targets “Oak” Shinawatra on Accusations of Money-Laundering

– BANGKOK – Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation has summonsed Thaksin Shinawatra’s son Panthongtae “Oak” Shinawatra and three other people to acknowledge a money-laundering accusation involving Krungthai Bank’s lending in 2006. Kanchanapa Honghern, a personal secretary to Mr Panthongtae’s mother Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra, was also accused. The other two suspects are Mrs Kanchanapa’s husband […]

October 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha Goes to Washington

– WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will hosts Thailand’s junta leader at the White House on Monday — a rare instance of a military ruler being feted in Washington before even a nominal return to civilian rule. The visit of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha comes three years after he seized power in a military coup, […]

October 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

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