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Thai king endorses junta leader as PM

Thai king endorses junta leader as PM

Thai military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was endorsed as prime minister by Thailand's king on Monday, four days after he was elected by his own hand-picked parliament, although critics called his appointment a political farce. Prayuth was appointed prime minister on Thursday, three months after leading a coup, by 191 out of 197 members...

Thailand coup general named PM

Thailand coup general named PM

Thailand's junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named the new prime minister of the southeast Asian nation. Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures. The general was the head of the army when he led a dramatic coup in...

Ousted Thai PM allowed to travel abroad

Ousted Thai PM allowed to travel abroad

Thailand's military leaders have given ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra permission to travel abroad for the first time since the coup. A military spokesman said the request had been approved because Yingluck had "kept a low profile" since her government was overthrown on 22 May. Reports suggest she will travel to France for the birthday of...

Thai general denies coup was planned

Thai general denies coup was planned

A senior Thai general has told the BBC that last month's military coup had not been planned in advance. It comes after an opposition leader claimed the army had been discussing overthrowing the government for years. Lt Gen Chatchalerm Chalermsukh also said those detained by the military since the coup were being treated well. And he...

US demotes Thailand and Qatar for abysmal human trafficking records

The US has signalled its mounting concern over modern-day slavery in Thailand and Qatar after it downgraded both countries on its human trafficking watchlist following revelations of appalling maltreatment of migrant workers. Thailand was relegated to the lowest rank in the state department's Trafficking in Persons (TiP) report – meaning it is now considered no better than North Korea, Iran or Saudi Arabia in the way it treats workers and protects them from abuse. Qatar was demoted to a watchlist...

Thai junta orders free World Cup TV

Thai junta orders free World Cup TV

Thailand's ruling junta has ordered TV regulators to ensure that football fans will not have to pay to watch any matches at the World Cup. The military said it was part of its "happiness campaign", which has seen a number of policy gimmicks, such as free haircuts and concerts. The broadcaster that bought the rights...

Thai beauty queen quits over execution quote

Thai beauty queen quits over execution quote

A Thai beauty queen has renounced her title after being criticised on social media for saying that certain political activists should be executed. Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, was in tears as she announced her intention to give up her Miss Universe Thailand crown. The comments which led to her departure refer to the Red Shirts -...

Thai curfew lifted in 3 tourist hotspots

Thailand's junta yesterday said that it was scrapping a curfew in three major beach resorts to woo back tourists in the wake of last month's military coup. The measure will be lifted for Pattaya, Koh Samui and Phuket "to create a favourable climate for tourism," the military said in a televised announcement. "The rest of the country remains under curfew," it added. The measure was initially introduced after the May 22 coup for the whole country for 10:00pm until 5:00am, to the...

Senior HSBC official due in Dhaka today

Senior HSBC official due in Dhaka today

Jayant Rikhye, head of International Asia Pacific for HSBC and head of strategy and planning, is due to arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day visit, the bank said in a statement. Rikhye will meet colleagues from Bangladesh and a number of key HSBC clients and stakeholders during the visit, it said. Rikhye has direct responsibility for over 12 markets in Asia, comprising Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mauritius, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. In this capacity, he is a key source of support and guidance to country chief executives of the corporation. Rikhye joined HSBC Group in 1989 and has experience in operations in India, internal control...

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Constitutional crisis in Thailand

THAILAND is now under the strong grip of tightening martial law dictates. This has happened after nearly seven months of protests that have left twenty eight people dead and hundreds wounded. There were calls for fresh polls but anti-government protesters countered by saying that they will not stomach new polls without widespread reforms and vowed to remain on the streets. The warring political factions have not been able to arrive at an acceptable solution and consequently, the army chief...

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