What lies ahead for Thailand after dramatic opposition election win?
Thailand’s opposition has racked up a stunning majority of the 500 seats at stake in the race for the House of Representatives,, dealing a major blow to the establishment parties and a former general who led the Southeast Asian country since seizing power in a 2014 coup.
Thai court ousts 3 Cabinet members found guilty of sedition
Nataphol is one of three Cabinet ministers that have been forced to leave their posts after a court found them guilty of sedition for taking part in sometimes violent protests in 2013-2014 against the government then in power. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, file)BANGKOK – Three Cabinet ministers in Thailand were forced to leave their posts Wednesday after a court found them guilty of sedition for taking part in sometimes-violent protests in 2013-2014 against the government then in power. The verdicts can be appealed to a higher court but under the law the Cabinet ministers must relinquish their jobs immediately. Instability caused by the street protests led to the Thai army staging a coup in 2014 and keeping power until 2019. AdSuthep and the Cabinet ministers each received prison sentences ranging from five to about seven years.
Thai leader faces court ruling that could cost him his job
In this photo released by Government Spokesman Office, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha receives flowers from well wishers in Samut Songkhram province, Thailand, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. He then headed the junta that ruled for five years, and was also prime minister in the military-guided government. Prayuth’s defense has been that the official residence of the prime minister is undergoing renovation, and also that he faces security concerns. His Cabinet will then act as a caretaker government until Parliament can choose a new prime minister and Cabinet. In the past 12 years, court rulings have ousted three Thai prime ministers, but Prayuth is widely believed to be likely to get a favorable ruling.
Thai student-protesters aim for ambitious political change
Now 21, he is among those at the front of Thailand's growing pro-democracy movement pushing for sweeping political reforms. Political protest is nothing new in Thailand, and its past 15 years have been defined by it. Among their calls were for greater oversight of royal budgets and an end to the practice of Thai monarchs endorsing military coups. Chonticha is aware history is not on the protesters' side, but she says in some ways they have already succeeded. “Our movement has changed the perception of Thais toward the monarchy and military,” she said.
Thai Cabinet approves Parliament session to debate protests
Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK – Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. The request for the session came from House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, who said Monday that both government and opposition parties supported it.
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Thai protesters install plaque symbolizing democracy
Pro-democracy student leaders install a plaque declaring "This country belongs to the people" at the Sanam Luang field during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. The mass student-led rally that began Saturday was the largest in a series of protests this year, with thousands camping overnight at Sanam Luang field near the Grand Palace in Bangkok. In April 2017, the original plaque vanished from Bangkok’s Royal Plaza and was replaced by one praising the monarchy. Protesters' demands seek to limit the king’s powers, establish tighter controls on palace finances and allow open discussion of the monarchy. Parit also called for another protest Thursday outside parliament to follow up on the protesters' demands.
Thai protesters' rally pushes demands for democratic reforms
Pro-democracy protesters wave a flag and hold up lights during a protest at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Thousands of demonstrators turned out Saturday for a rally to support the student-led protest movement's demands for new elections and reform of the monarchy. The protesters, whose rally was continuing past midnight, have more activities planned for Sunday. The activists raised the stakes dramatically at an Aug. 10 rally by issuing a 10-point manifesto calling for reforming the monarchy. Their demands seek to limit the king’s powers, establish tighter controls on palace finances and allow open discussion of the monarchy.