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Thailand’s Generals Pass Bill Consolidating Power for Next 20 Years

– BANGKOK – Thailand’s military-installed parliament on Thursday passed a bill that allows the ruling junta to continue to impose its policies after it holds elections and officially relinquishes power. The National Legislative Assembly voted 281-0 in favor of the legislation, which calls for establishment of a national strategy committee to oversee the long-term plans […]

June 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thai Army Uses “National Security” to Justify Bt 2.3 Billion Purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers

– BANGKOK – Maj-General Kongcheep Tantravanich of Thailand’s Defence Ministry reported on Wednesday that the purchase of 34 Chinese armoured personnel carriers at a cost of Bt2.3 billion was necessary in the interests of national security as well as to protect national sovereignty. The procurement was approved at the weekly Cabinet meeting of the junta-backed […]

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thai Army Inks $67 Million Deal to Buy Armoured Personnel Carriers from China

– BANGKOK – Thailand will buy 34 armoured personnel carriers from China worth 2.3 billion baht ($68 million), the Southeast Asian nation’s army chief said on Wednesday, the latest sign of closer military relations between the two nations. The purchase is the latest defence deal between Bangkok and Beijing amid warming ties since Thailand’s military […]

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thailand’s Prime Minister Accused of Attempting to Retain Power

– BANGKOK – Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has come under heavy attack for asking “leading questions” that are seen as an attempt to gather public support for the regime to stay on in power. He came up with the questions following a blast at Phramongkutklao Hospital last Monday that left 25 people injured. […]

May 28th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Three Years after Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha’s Coup, Thailand Sees Sporadic, Unnerving Unrest

– BANGKOK — Three years after Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha and his military leaders overthrew a democratically elected government in Thailand, the country is sputtering economically, watched closely for its crackdown on political freedom and still the site of sporadic but unnerving unrest. On Monday, a bomb exploded in a military-run hospital in Bangkok, wounding 21 […]

May 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Thailand Politics | Read More »

Six Charged with Lese Majesty over Thai Historian’s Facebook Post

– BANGKOK – A human rights lawyer is facing up to 150 years in prison for violating Thailand’s strict royal defamation law by sharing Facebook posts written by an exiled dissident academic. Prawet Prapanukul was arrested last month and charged by a Bangkok court with 10 counts of insulting a monarch or other ruler for […]

May 18th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

Thai Junta Looks to Allow Foreigners to Set up Universities in Special Economic Zones

– BANGKOK – Thailand’s Military Cabinet is planning to allow foreigners to set up universities in Special Economic Zones in an effort to address skill shortages. The plan has already won the green light from the joint meeting of the Cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Government Spokesman Lt General Sansern […]

May 17th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News,Thailand Politics | Read More »

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