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Pheu Thai members shift base as survival tactic
SINCE THE 2017 Constitution was never designed to favour the party, Pheu Thai is now seeing its members joining other parties, Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai said yesterday after one of the party’s former core leaders, Chaturon Chaisang, decided to shift to Thai Raksa Chart.

New constituency boundaries to be redrawn by end of the month: EC
THE ELECTION Commission (EC) declared yesterday that the drawing up of new constituency boundaries will be completed by the end of this month despite a recent junta order allowing the agency extra time.

PM’s edict to EC on poll constituencies raises concerns
A poll watchdog and politicians yesterday urged the Election Commission (EC) to be independent of state influence in redrawing constituencies.

Chaturon, red shirts jumping to Thai Raksa Chart
Key figures in the Pheu Thai Party including Chaturon Chaisang and red-shirt leaders will today switch to its offshoot, the new Thai Raksa Chart party, an inside source said yesterday.

Sam Mit joins forces with pro-junta party
The Sam Mit (Three Friends) group has finally joined the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party to contest in a general election scheduled for next February.

Most first-time young voters vow to cast election ballot, study finds
Most young people who will be eligible to vote for the first time in the upcoming election, tentatively set for February 24, fully intend to cast their ballot, a new opinion poll has found.

Politics by numbers
With the next election expected to be held on February 24, the general public and eligible voters can anticipate a new-look Parliament and government after a much-awaited national vote.

Two Panthongtae associates face arrest after skipping country before indictment hearing
Two co-defendants in a money-laundering case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s son Panthongtae face arrest warrants after they failed to meet public prosecutors as summoned.

Urgent : Senate selection deadline decreed
The Royal Gazette website on Friday published the Senate selection decree, demanding that the process be completed at least 15 days before the election.

Pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party wins many Pheu Thai members
THE NEWLY-FORMED, pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party is pulling in more and more former MPs and government ministers, as well as celebrities.

EC keeping close eye on Thaksin, Pheu Thai movements in Singapore
The Election Commission (EC) secretary-general has said that the agency was monitoring reports that some Pheu Thai politicians will travel to Singapore to meet fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Chaturon denies bid for Chachoengsao MP
Pheu Thai key leader Chaturon Chaisang on Wednesday rejected comments by his colleague that he would run for Chachoengsao MP under Pheu Thai.

Thailand to push for bigger Asean role in Rohingya crisis
THAILAND IS ready to support a greater Asean role in resolving the Rakhine crisis, as the group prepared mechanisms to deal with the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who face repatriation amid grave concerns about their future.

More Pheu Thai members shifting to sister party
PHEU THAI Party members appear to be queuing up to join its sister party Thai Raksa Chart, with former energy minister Pichai Naripthaphan and former deputy interior minister Sermsak Pongpanit among those who signed up yesterday.

Feb 24 only date on govt mind: Wissanu
THOUGH senior government figures maintained yesterday that the next election will be held as early as February 24, they did not rule out the possibility of a delay.

Thailand ‘seeks delay’ in Asean Summit next year
Request of the next chairperson seen tied to the possibility of election being postponed.

Palang Pracharat attracts 121 members on Day 1 of accepting applications
A new political party viewed as pro-junta attracted more than 120 new members when it started accepting membership applications on Tuesday.

Doubts rise over Feb 24 poll date
ELECTION Commission (EC) secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma yesterday refused to confirm that the next election will be held on February 24, fuelling speculation of a possible delay.

Somsak’s sons pursue their political future in Bhumjaithai
THE SONS of veteran politician Somsak Prisananatakul yesterday joined Bhumjaithai Party after resigning from Chartthaipattana Party.

SPECIAL REPORT: Parties urged to unite in allowing largest coalition to form govt
TWO KEY red-shirt leaders are calling for a “social contract” among political parties before they start contesting in the next election, so there are no renewed conflicts, no more loss of lives or damage to the country.

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