• King May 4, 2019 11:00 am

    Thai King is Officially Crowned, Boosting His Regal Power

    Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned Saturday amid the splendor of the country’s Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy’s power after the October 2016 death at age 88 of Vajiralongkorn’s revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It also...

  • Prime Minister March 24, 2019 10:09 pm

    Military-Backed Party Takes Lead in Thai Election

    A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power, helped by an electoral system tilted in the military’s favor. With 93 percent of votes counted late Sunday, the Palang Pracharat party was first with nearly 7.6 million votes, according...

  • head March 23, 2019 1:47 am

    New Thai Government May Be Unstable, Short-Lived

    Thailand’s election Sunday is likely to produce a weak unstable government whether it’s a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in a country that’s a U.S. ally in Southeast Asia and one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The election is Thailand’s first since its military seized power from an...

  • Instagram February 8, 2019 2:58 pm

    Thai Princess' Political Bid Sunk by Her Brother, the King

    Thailand’s chaotic politics took two astonishing turns Friday when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as “inappropriate” because it violated tradition and the constitution, which keep the monarchy from getting involved in politics. The royal order from King Maha Vajiralongkorn was read on national television...

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