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Thaksin’s Sister Poised to Become Thailand’s First Female PM

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The party linked to Thailand’s ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has won a parliamentary majority in Sunday’s general election, and his younger sister is poised to become the country’s first female prime minister. With nearly all the votes counted, the Pheu Thai party secured a clear majority of 264 seats out of 500, well ahead […]

Thai Prime Minister Concedes Defeat

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s prime minister has conceded defeat in Sunday’s general election, won by an opposition party allied to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Abhisit Vejjajiva Sunday congratulated his opponent Yingluck Shinawatra, the younger sister of former prime minister Thaksin and leader of the Pheu Thai party. She is set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister. […]

Thai Prime Minister Concedes Defeat

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s prime minister has conceded defeat in Sunday’s general election, won by an opposition party allied to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Abhisit Vejjajiva Sunday congratulated his opponent Yingluck Shinawatra, the younger sister of former prime minister Thaksin and leader of the Pheu Thai party. She is set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister. […]

Opposition Forecast to Win Thai Election by Landslide

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Exit polls in Thailand are showing the party allied to ousted Prime Minster Thaksin Shinawatra winning in a landslide. Contrary to pre-election polls and analysis that predicted a tight race, Yingluck Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai party won an absolute majority in parliament. Ms. Yingluck is Mr. Thaksin’s younger sister. Three exit polls show the Pheu Tai […]

Polls Open in Divided Thailand Election

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand is voting in a closely fought election that voters hope will end the country’s long-running political crisis. The poll is the first major electoral test for the government since mass opposition rallies in Bangkok last year. Security is tight for the vote, with around 170,000 police deployed nationwide to protect voting booths. Dozens of […]

Thai Carbomb Attack on Eve of Elections

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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A car bomb has exploded in southern Thailand as the country prepares for elections on Sunday. A bomb squad officer was inspecting the car at the time in Narathiwat province. He was thrown to the ground, but was able to get up and move away from the blast scene. Violent incidents are common in much […]

Candidates Hold Final Rallies Ahead of Thai Election

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Candidates in Thailand are holding their final rallies Friday, ahead of a general election on Sunday. Opinion polls put opposition leader Yinluck Shinawatra, younger sister of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ahead of incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. But that is no guarantee that Yinluck will win a majority in parliament. Critics say Thaksin Shinawatra, […]

UN Chief Calls For Credible and Violence-Free Thai Election

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging all parties in Thailand’s Sunday election to act in a credible and fair manner and to “accept and respect the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box.” In a statement issued in New York Wednesday, Mr. Ban said he is following the election closely and […]

Thailand Withdraws from World Heritage Convention in Dispute with Cambodia

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand has withdrawn from UNESCO’s World Heritage convention because of a simmering dispute with Cambodia over a 900-year-old temple in a remote border area between the two countries. Several military clashes at and near Preah Vihear temple since early February have left more than 20 people dead and displaced thousands of others. Thailand says its […]

Thailand Withdraws from World Heritage Convention in Temple Dispute with Cambodia

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand has withdrawn from UNESCO’s World Heritage convention because of a simmering dispute with Cambodia over a 900-year-old temple in a remote border area between the two countries. Thailand says its withdrawal stems from what it calls a disappointing decision by the World Heritage governing body to place Cambodia’s management plan for the Preah Vihear […]

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