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Update: Sun, May 27 2018    

Junta has failed to prepare country for challenges of the future, says Sudarat

THE MILITARY junta has failed to prepare the country to cope with the era of technological disruption, as it wasted its time mostly consolidating and perpetuating power and trying to weaken opponents, said prominent politician Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan.

SPECIAL REPORT: Media freedom takes beating under junta

Through its orders, NCPO has managed to rein in outlets.

Suthep’s lawyer seeks registration of new party

THE LAWYER of politician Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday applied to register a new party under the name Ruam Palang Prachachat Thai with the Election Commission (EC) and firmly denied that Suthep was a party executive.

Pro-election activists are released on bail

FIFTEEN ACTIVISTS were granted bail yesterday shortly after the Criminal Court ordered their 12-day detention following charges stemming from their participation in Tuesday’s pro-election assembly.

'Suthep’s new party' to seek registration today

A LAWYER for former politician Suthep Thaugsuban will today register a party with the Election Commission (EC) under the name Ruam Palang Prachachat Thai, an EC official told media yesterday.

Court rules independent candidates for Senate ‘not unconstitutional’

A CONTROVERSIAL clause in the organic law on selection of senators is not unconstitutional, the Constitutional Court ruled yesterday.

Outpouring of support for pro-poll detainees


Ex-police chief offers to pay student bail

Former police commissioner Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet on Wednesday vowed to offer Bt1.5-million bail for 14 activists who have been detained for participating in pro-election rallies.

Thammasat refuses to prosecute protesters

Thammasat University on Wednesday said that, despite the police’s suggestion, it would not pursue legal cases against pro-democracy protesters for breaking the university’s gate key.

UN agency adds to calls for release of pro-election protesters

The UN Human Rights Office has called for the immediate release of pro-election activists who were arrested and charged on Tuesday after their rally demanding that an election be held this year.

HRW to junta: release peaceful pro-election protesters

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for Thai authorities to immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release 14 pro-democracy activists who peacefully expressed their opposition to military rule.

Arrested but not disheartened

Leaders vow to fight on after pro poll rally in Bangkok is broken up by police.

Amnesty demands early lifting of restrictions on political activities

Amnesty International on Tuesday demanded that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) fulfil its promise to lift restrictions on political activities – in place since the 2014 coup – and remove them by the end of June.

Prayut dismisses election rally, warns law-breaking protesters 

As protesters marched to Government House amid growing demands for an election this year, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday insisted that the poll would be no sooner than early 2019.

"Ja New" faints but makes a complete recovery during protest

A leader of demonstrators rallying in front of Thammasat University on Tuesday fainted during a brief confrontation with police.

Election demonstrators ready to camp out for second night

Demonstrators threatened on Tuesday to spend another night in front of Thammasat University after a two-hour standoff with police that blocked them from marching to Government House.

Security tight at Government House, though Prayut has his fans

Security was tightened at Government House on Tuesday as demonstrators – who are demanding that an election be held sooner than planned – vowed to march there.

Tight security in Bangkok and Northeast ahead of pro-election rally today

AUTHORITIES HAVE tightened security in the capital and Northeast provinces today as pro-election activists gather to march to Government House with an ultimatum to hold a general election by late this year, not next year as the junta plans.

Pheu Thai politicians deny sedition charges for holding a press conference

Eight key figures from the Pheu Thai Party on Monday met police as summoned on criminal charges in connection with their press conference held ahead of the fourth anniversary of the 2014 coup.

Suthep denies holding anti-election rally

Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), has dismissed reports that his “whistleblower” group would hold an anti-election rally this Sunday.