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Thailand’s Parliament Elects First Woman Prime Minister

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:08 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s parliament elected Yingluck Shinawatra as the country’s first female prime minister on Friday, a month after her party won a landslide victory in July 3 elections. The lower house of parliament voted 296 to three in Ms. Yingluck’s favor. Another 197 members abstained. The 44-year-old, who started her political career in June, is the […]

Thailand’s Parliament Elects First Woman Prime Minister

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 1:58 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s parliament elected Yingluck Shinawatra as the country’s first female prime minister on Friday, a month after her party won a landslide victory in July 3 elections. The lower house of parliament voted 296 to three in Ms. Yingluck’s favor. Another 197 members abstained. The 44-year-old, who started her political career in June, is the […]

2 Jailed Thai Red Shirt Leaders Granted Bail

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Asian news reports say a criminal court in the Thai capital has granted bail to two jailed former opposition leaders charged with terrorism last year in connection with massive anti-government protests that left at least 90 people dead in Bangkok. The court ordered the temporary release of Jatuporn Prompan and Nisit Sinthuprai and set bail […]

Thai Parliament Opens, Thaksin’s Sister Expected to Lead Govt.

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s parliament has opened a new session during which the sister of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is expected to form a new government after five years of political turmoil. Prime Minister-elect Yingluck Shinawatra and other lawmakers gathered at a royal building in the capital, Bangkok, for Monday’s ceremonial session, led by Crown Prince Maha […]

Thai Parliament Opens Amid Hopes for Stability

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s parliament opens its new session Monday amid hopes that prospective prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra can restore stability to the country after five years of political turmoil. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was to preside over the ceremonial opening late Monday, with the 500-member assembly expected to select a speaker as early as Tuesday. The selection […]

Thai Parliament to Open Monday

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s election commission has certified all but a handful of the winners in July 3 elections, clearing the way for parliament to open its session on Monday. The chamber is expected to select Yingluck Shinawatra, candidate of the winning Phue Thai party, as Thailand’s first female prime minister before the end of the week. The […]

Thai Helicopter Crash Kills Three

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thai officials say three military men were killed and another was injured Sunday when a Thai army helicopter crashed near the border with Burma. It was the third military helicopter to crash in the same area in just over a week. Sunday’s crash brought the total fatalities in the three accidents to 17. The Bell […]

Thailand Calls for Talks with Cambodia on Temple Dispute

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Departing Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is calling for dialogue with Cambodia to ease military tensions near the border site of a disputed temple, following a ruling from the United Nation’s highest court that orders both sides to withdraw troops from the area. Mr. Abhisit said Tuesday the talks are needed because, in his words, […]

Thai Panel Certifies Yingluck’s Election, Easing Fears of Instability

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s election commission on Tuesday endorsed the election to parliament of Pheu Thai leader Yingluck Shinawatra, clearing the way for her to become the nation’s first female prime minister. The commission said it had voted unanimously to dismiss complaints that Ms. Yingluck violated election laws by involving banned politicians — including her elder brother — […]

International Court Rules on Cambodia-Thailand Border Dispute

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N.’s highest court has ordered both Cambodia and Thailand to immediately withdraw all troops and police from a newly declared demilitarized zone around an ancient temple on their border. The International Court of Justice in The Hague also ruled Monday that both countries should allow observers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations into […]

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