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ANALYSIS: Red-faced junta can’t woo people with borrowed slogans
WHILE THE two military coups that occurred in the past 12 years have tried to eliminate the so-called Thaksin regime from the Thai political landscape, the junta’s latest campaign to promote General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration has only brought the influential tycoon back into the political discourse.

Prayut still top choice for PM, poll finds
Public opinion has again named General Prayut Chan-o-cha as the most popular choice to be prime minister after the next election – but there’s doubt the political party linked to him will be a winner – according to a new poll.

Six accused of torching royal portraits acquitted
Six young Thais accused of setting portraits of some Royal Family members on fire have been granted rare acquittals, their lawyer said yesterday, escaping strict royal defamation charges that can carry 15 years in jail.

Parties brace for cut in MP numbers
CONSTITUENCY CANDIDATES DOWN BY 25, BUT ADDITIONS TO PARTY LIST WILL STILL LEAVE PARLIAMENT WITH 5O0 LAWMAKERS

Thaksin, his men poke fun at junta leaders
JUNTA LEADERS became the objects of derision yesterday, when former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his men began posting sarcastic messages about the premier and his No 2 man.

The cost of corruption: Bt100 billion
Studies by respected academic point to rampant graft and irregularities in country’s bureaucracy.

Prayut worries about ‘same old issues’, as Thaksin returns to FB
PREMIER URGES VOTERS TO NOT BE INFLUENCED, EX-PM MARKS 2006 COUP THAT OUSTED HIM

Junta critics taken off Voice TV 
JUNTA CRITICS Sirote Klampaiboon and Virot Ali were removed from a Voice TV news show yesterday for allegedly being sarcastic and biased against the military-led government. 

PM urges local leaders to help maintain peace
KEY GOVERNMENT figures yesterday asked for cooperation from local community leaders to help maintain peace and order in the run-up to the election.

New Thai political party charged under draconian old law
Thai police on Monday charged members of a new progressive party led by a maverick 39-year-old tycoon with spreading "false" information about the ruling junta in a Facebook live broadcast.

Political ‘freedom’ a sham, democracy activists caution
THE NATIONAL Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has given the go-ahead for political activities to resume after four years of suppression, but doubt and distrust remain prevalent among the parties eyeing the next election.

‘Hire my party for Bt100 to fight for democracy’: Thanathorn
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, co-founder of the Future Forward Party, on Saturday called on Thais to hire his party to fight for the return of full democracy to the country by paying a Bt100membership fee to the party.

Bhum Jai Thai to hold board meeting on September 24
The Bhum Jai Thai Party will hold a meeting of its executive board on September 24 to start election preparations, party deputy secretary-general Supachai Jaisamut said on Saturday.

Democrat’s executive board to meet Monday to start election preparations
The Democrat Party will hold a meeting of its executive board on Monday to discuss holding a party caucus to start preparations for the election next year, deputy leader Ong-arj Klampaibul said on Saturday.

Yingluck posts reviews of Moscow during visit with Thaksin
Fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced on her Facebook wall on Saturday that she was visiting Moscow with her brother, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Yingluck wrote that her brother took her to visit his friends.

Pheu Thai executives to discuss timing of party caucus: Phumtham
Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai on Saturday said that he party executives would soon meet to discuss the date of the party’s first general assembly held after the 2014 coup.

Chart Thai Pattana to hold party caucus on October 5
The Chart Thai Pattana Party will hold a general assembly on October 5 to elect its new leader and executive board, party director Nikorn Chamnong said on Saturday.

Former Constitution Court judge Chai-Anan dies
Former Constitution Court judge and respected political scientist Chai-Anan Samudavanija has died, his family announced.

Junta relaxes ban on political activities, with some restrictions
FOR THE first time since the 2014 coup, political parties are now allowed to convene and make preparations for the upcoming election.

Chart Pattana denies moves to merge with Palang Pracharat
The spokesman for the Chart Pattana Party on Friday dismissed reports it would be dissolved so that its members could join the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party.



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