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Thailand's newly appointed prime minister, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, attends a meeting with representatives from the Thai-European Business Association (TEBA) at Royal Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok Aug. 27. © Reuters

All the generals' men -- and two women: Thailand's new interim cabinet

BANGKOK -- Thailand's military leaders put another crucial element of their interim administration into place with the surprise weekend announcement of a new cabinet. The 33-member cabinet headed by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the May 22 m...

  • Actions not predictions needed: Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula

    BANGKOK -- In September, Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Devakula, 67, was appointed deputy prime minister with overall responsibility for economic policy in the military-led government of former army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who took power in a ...

  • Thai military junta pushes tax hikes

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's military government, which came to power in a May coup, is pushing through unpopular tax hikes to lift the country's sagging tax revenue and attempt to cure fiscal woes. The government of Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, named prime ...

  • Thai junta leader stacks cabinet with fellow military officials

    BANGKOK -- Active or retired military officials have landed 11 of 32 posts in the new cabinet of Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand's army chief and interim prime minister. Prayuth, who took office as prime minister Aug. 25 after being elected by t...

  • Finding George Orwell in Bangkok

    BANGKOK -- It is a Saturday afternoon and I am wandering the polished hallways of Paragon, one of Bangkok's most luxurious shopping malls, searching for signs of protest. When a frenetic series of camera flashes light up the atrium windows, I hurry d...

  • Thaksin, self-made billionaire and politician, failed to embrace 'dharma'

    HONG KONG -- The Ratchaprasong Intersection in the heart of Bangkok is a symbol of anti-government unrest, where demonstrators have gathered in recent years. The Thai army's operations against them have led to massive bloodshed repeatedly since the m...

  • Thai junta planning long-term reforms: experts

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the military junta which staged a putsch on May 22 to break a political deadlock hanging over from 2013, has plans for a raft of long-term economic and political reforms, according to...

  • Thai economy rocked by exodus of Cambodian workers

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's economy has been rocked by the haphazard exodus of illegal workers driven by fears of a crackdown on laborers without visas following the May military coup. A huge number of Cambodians and other economic migrants working unl...

  • Cash, concerts and censorship in post-coup Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's rice farmers recently reaped a welcome harvest -- cash. "It's all thanks to the military," said an exuberant grower from Ubon Ratchathani Province in the country's northeast as he picked up 107,366 baht ($3,359) from a farme...

  • Thailand's coup: the general applies a full nelson

    BANGKOK -- On May 22, the second day of military-brokered talks between the Thai government and activists bent on ousting it, movement spokesman Akanat Promphan could tell that something was wrong. Akanat and his father-in-law, protest leader Sut...

  • Migrant workers returning from Thailand engulf Cambodia

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- Tens of thousands of Cambodian migrants in Thailand have begun fleeing across the border to Cambodia after the Thai military junta pledged a widespread crackdown on illegal workers. The junta, which seized power on May 22, ...

  • Thailand's 'polite coup' should put itself on right side of history:David Streckfuss

    Thailand's military junta has dubbed its May 22 overthrow of the government the "polite coup." The summons, detention and interrogation of hundreds of politicians, academics, artists and activists were generally politely limited to less than seven-da...

  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak: Thailand's descent must not lead to disintegration

    Two weeks after its 13th putsch since constitutionalism was introduced in 1932, Thailand's emerging "new normal" features its armed forces at the front and center of political life. Constitutional rule has paused, dissent is discouraged, and many cri...

  • Kasikornbank to help Thailand's smaller businesses

    BANGKOK -- Kasikornbank, Thailand's fourth largest bank by assets, will offer a 3% lending rate cut and a six-month grace period for principal payments to its small and medium-sized clients. Businesses in Thailand have been suffering from a liquidity...

  • Market 'quite satisfied' with junta policies, says Thai bourse's new chief

    BANGKOK -- The new president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand said Tuesday that the market is "quite satisfied" with the coup and how the military is handling the situation. At her first press conference since becoming the bourse's president, Ke...

  • Thai coup darkens dawn of digital TV

    BANGKOK -- Gleaming new television studios across Bangkok were preparing to unveil a slew of fresh programs to launch Thailand's digital broadcasting age. The big day was May 25, when 24 commercial stations, which had invested billions of baht, were ...

  • Moody's keeps Thailand's rating at Baa1 after coup

    BANGKOK -- Moody's Investors Service will keep Thailand's long-term issuer rating at Baa1 with a stable outlook. The rating agency said in a report released Monday that the military coup on May 22 and the prolonged political uncertainty "will not...

  • Thailand to get interim government by fall, coup leader says

    BANGKOK -- Thailand will have a provisional government by the start of the next budget year, but elections to restore civilian rule may not be held for 15 months or more, the head of the military junta said Friday. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's televi...

  • Thai stocks, military junta off on their honeymoon

    BANGKOK -- Despite last week's coup and a sluggish economic outlook, the key stock market gauge here is on the rise. The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index gained 0.7% Friday morning, putting it on track to extend its winning streak to four ...

  • Ayako Toyama: Judicialization of politics led to coup in Thailand

    Thailand's tortuous politics took another sudden turn when the army launched a coup May 22, elbowing the interim civilian government aside and leaving many scholars and the media scratching their heads. The military had seemed reluctant to interv...