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Paetongtarn Shinawatra

Annie Gugliotta (image with CC license)

Can Thaksin rule again in Thailand?

Get ready for some major political trouble later this year in the Land of Smiles.

Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the youngest daughter of deposed former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra, is mulling a run for her dad’s old job. Over the weekend, Paetongtarn — Thais go by their given name — got a lot of buzz at the assembly of Thaksin’s Pheu Thai Party, calling for a landslide victory in a snap election expected to be called in November.

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Twitter suspends Thai royalist account linked to influence campaign

November 30, 2020 7:23 AM

There were tens of thousands of tweets appeared to be from accounts amplifying royalist messaging.

Thai protesters move to Bangkok suburbs

November 28, 2020 9:03 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai anti-government protesters demonstrated in Bangkok's outskirts on Saturday (Nov 28) with a duck parade and speeches demanding the removal of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a new constitution and reforms to the monarchy.

Thai King greets supporters even as rallies go on

November 26, 2020 5:00 AM

Thailand's beleaguered king greeted adoring crowds in central Bangkok yesterday as protesters massed outside a palace-linked bank demanding monarchy reform.

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No reform for Thai monarchy: Defying the wishes of thousands of pro-democracy activists and protesters, Thailand's parliament declined to move forward constitutional reforms that would curb the powers of the king. The vote had been delayed until Wednesday due to violent clashes between protesters, royalists and the police that left 55 people injured and put inflatable rubber ducks in the crossfire. Shortly after parliament's decision, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha warned that he would use "all available laws" to end the protests, which have been going on for months, signaling that he might start enforcing Thailand's draconian lèse majesté law, which punishes any offense of perceived insult to the royal family with up to 15 years in prison. Will the streets stand down, or is the situation about to get worse?

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Thai Parliament to meet on charter vote as fresh protests loom

November 17, 2020 7:18 AM

Lawmakers will discuss the constitution amendment on Tuesday.

Thai King writes messages of love for nation amid protests

November 12, 2020 5:00 AM

BANGKOK • Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn wrote messages of national unity and love on Tuesday during a visit to the north-east of the country two days after protesters sent him a letter demanding royal reforms that would curb his powers.

Thai pro-democracy protesters plan rally to petition King

November 06, 2020 5:00 AM

BANGKOK • Thai pro-democracy protesters plan to hold a fresh rally this weekend and petition King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a day after rejecting a Parliament-initiated plan to form a committee to ease the political tensions.

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