Thai Political Timeline

6 Jan 2001 Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party win general elections on a populist platform of economic growth and development. He wins control of 296 of 500 seats in the House of Representatives. Jan 2004 Muslim radicals launch an insurgency in the southern provinces. Thaksin responds with a

Bangkok Post: Candidates Register, Prep for Election

Election candidates nationwide began registering for the race in the constituency system yesterday, the first day of registration. In several constituencies, former MPs still banned from politics fielded their political proteges in hopes of maintaining the ranks of their candidates. In the provinces, single-seat constituency registrations for 375 MPs were held at

Election Code of Conduct Signed : Thailand

Pledge by political parties not to engage in violence, and respect results Today representatives from 19 political parties signed a code of conduct for the election campaign, pledging themselves to a set of principles for a free and fair election. This code of conduct is an important sign of cooperation between political

Bangkok Post: Pheu Thai Party Leads the Charge

Two recent opinion polls show the opposition Pheu Thai Party as most likely to win the general election. One poll result, conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) during May 2-3 from 1,203 samples across the country, showed 23.36% of respondents would vote for the Pheu Thai Party, 20.20% for

Bangkok Post: ANALYSIS – A Pheu Thai Victory Does Not Guarantee a Pheu Thai Government

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva officially announced the election date and House dissolution via state television last night after a royal decree to dissolve the House of representatives was endorsed by His Majesty the King. It was widely believed by several parties that the opposition Pheu Thai would win the election with the

Thailand Rejects Foreign Election Monitors

Thailand on Thursday dismissed suggestions that foreign observers were needed to monitor its upcoming election, with the deputy prime minister saying he does "not respect" Westerners. It would be "inappropriate" to allow outside involvement in the poll, which is due in June or July and comes after deadly street protests last year,

EC: We Haven’t Rejected By-Election Complaints

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday rejected a claim by the opposition Pheu Thai Party that it had discarded a complaint against the Democrat Party in last Sunday's by-election in Bangkok's Constituency 6. Suthep Romayanond, chief of the EC's Bangkok office, said that the five election commissioners have been informed about a complaint

Bangkok Post: Poll Worker Killed in Shooting

A polling staff member was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Surat Thani's Khiri Ratthanikhom district yesterday. Ratchawan Palangsuwarat, 50, was attacked at 5am by two men on a motorcycle while she was leaving home to work at the 4th polling unit at Khuanmaprao village in tambon Thamsingkhon of Khiri Ratthanikhom

2005 Mission Report: Thailand General Election (Korean Language)

View Full Report (PDF) 원선거에서 태국 정치사상 유례없는 국민적 지지를 획득하여 출범한 탁씬(Thaksin Shinawatra) 총리와 태국애국당(Thai Rak Thai Party)의 제2집권을 위한 새로 운 도전이었다는 측면에서 그 정치적 의미가 큰 선거였다. 특히 탁씬 정부는 선거 이 전부터 이번 선거를 통하여 전체 의석 500석 중 4분의 3 이상의 의석을 획득하여 확 고한 일당지배의 정치구조를

2005 Mission Report: Thailand House of Representatives Election

View Full Report (PDF) Increasing political liberalization has established a culture of democratic elections and parliamentary rule as an institutionalized part of political life in Thailand. In electoral terms, a new political benchmark was set with the unprecedented level of popular participation in the political reform process leading up to the promulgation

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