Category Archives: Thailand

Junta leader elected Thai prime minister

Thailand’s junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha was elected late Wednesday as the kingdom’s first civilian prime minister since the 2014 coup he led, in a vote by a parliament stacked with appointed allies of the conservative, arch-royalist army.

Vajiralongkorn: From jet-set playboy to king of Thailand

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned Rama X during an elaborate coronation ceremony on Saturday. Erratic, eccentric and “a little bit of a Don Juan”, his reign plunges Thailand further into an era of political uncertainty.

Thailand crowns Maha Vajiralongkorn as King Rama X

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Rama X of Thailand, was crowned Saturday in a dazzling show of pageantry, laced with Hindu and Buddhist ritual, vowing to reign “with righteousness” on behalf of the Thai people.

Rival parties claim Thai election victory amid rigging allegations

A military-backed party that won the most votes in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup, based on unofficial results, said Monday it will try to form a government after a rival party also claimed it had the right to govern.

Thai voters head to polls in first election since 2014 coup

Thais filled schoolyards, temples and government offices to vote Sunday in the first election since a 2014 coup, with a high turnout expected as the Thai king conveyed a cryptic last-minute warning to support “good” leaders to prevent “chaos”.

Count underway as Thais voted for first time since 2014 coup

Thais filled schoolyards, temples and government offices to vote Sunday in the first election since a 2014 coup, with a high turnout expected as the Thai king conveyed a cryptic last-minute warning to support “good” leaders to prevent “chaos”.

Vote count under way in first Thai poll since 2014 coup

Vote counting is under way in Thailand’s first general election since a 2014 army coup, with a military-backed party leading in preliminary results with more than 92 percent of votes counted. Final results are expected on Monday.

Thai court dissolves Shinawatra-linked party over botched princess bid

A key party linked to Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan was dissolved Thursday by a court, just weeks before a general election, over its ill-starred bid to front a princess as a candidate for premier.

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi spared extradition to Bahrain

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi will not be sent back to Bahrain after Thailand dropped extradition proceedings against him at the Gulf state’s request, a prosecutor said Monday, ending a two-month detention ordeal that stirred global outcry.

Thai princess’s bid for PM foiled as party obeys royal command

A new Thai political party vowed Saturday to obey a command from the king blocking the candidacy of a princess for prime minister in a dramatic reversal that appeared to boost the junta’s chances ahead of March elections.

Thai princess to run for PM in unprecedented move

Thailand’s royalty made an unprecedented move into politics on Friday when the sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn was declared as a prime ministerial candidate for March 24 elections, registration papers showed.

Thailand picks up the pieces after tropical storm Pabuk

Villagers in southern Thailand have begun to recover and rebuild what is left of their homes and livelihoods after Tropical Storm Pabuk swept through on Friday. FRANCE 24 went to meet those dealing with its aftermath. In the village of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Juritha, a grandmother and wife of a fisherman, was not so lucky. Her home was devastated. “The ceiling is destroyed, everything is damaged,” she told FRANCE 24. Many of her neighbours have also lost their homes. Jom, Juritha’s 63-year-old husband, has spent fifty years working as a fisherman and has seen all kinds of disasters, including tsunamis. But now the weather in January is so bad he cannot get his boat out to sea to make a living. “The waves are too big, but I really need to fish,” said Jom. The fishermen have avoided the worst but they will have to rebuild their houses in the rain and it will be many days before they can get back to sea.

Floods, blackouts but tourist islands spared as Thai storm downgraded

Floods and blackouts caused by Tropical Storm Pabuk left nearly 30,000 people in evacuation shelters across southern Thailand Saturday, as relieved tourists stranded on islands further north were spared the worst and began to plot routes home.

Thailand braces for powerful tropical storm

Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk struck the kingdom, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing power blackouts, heavy rains and massive sea swells. Boats were recalled to shore across the Gulf of Thailand, while three key southern airports were shut until Saturday, leaving tourists who remain on islands now cut off from the mainland. “We’ve bought [flash] lights and some more water,” some tourists who were preparing for the storm said. FRANCE 24’s Yuka Royer reports.