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Young voters key to Thailand’s election

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a 40-year-old billionaire is a favorite with young thai voters

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In Thailand, which will hold a general election Sunday — its first since the military seized control in 2014, a total of 52 million Thais aged 18 and above are eligible to vote, of whom 14 percent will do so for the first time.

Analysts are saying the emergence of FFP on the scene under its billionaire party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit — who is seen as a breath of fresh air by first-time and undecided voters, but criticised by others for proposing “radical” changes to the status quo — will redefine the race like never before, writes the Bangkok Post

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a 40-year-old billionaire who is a favorite with young voters, has spoken about economic inequality in the country, which has the world’s biggest income gap, according to a 2018 report by Swiss investment firm Credit Suisse.

And at the Commoners’ Party founder Kittichai Ngamchaipisit is a social activist who has campaigned against land acquisitions for industry, and the forest reclamation policy which has led to the eviction of indigenous people.

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Thai authorities promptly investigating bombing motives

Police have arrested two more Bangkok bombing suspects, believing that at least 15 people are involved in bombing incidents in the capital last Friday (August 2nd).

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Premier says authorities promptly investigating bombing motives

BANGKOK, 6th August 2019 (NNT) – A number of reports claim that the recent Bangkok bombings are thought to have been perpetrated by the government, prompting Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to categorically deny such allegations.

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Thai democracy commented at ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Thailand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs reassured other countries that Thailand has always been democratic, with the general election and recent formation of a coalition government as proof, as well as the declaration of the government’s policy statement to the parliament.

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BANGKOK, 4th August 2019 (NNT) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs has commented that the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Thailand had concluded well, while he reassured other countries that Thailand has always been democratic.

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Thai cabinet approves 3.2 trillion baht budget for 2020

The money required will come in part from 2.73 trillion baht in total exchequer revenues, thus incurring 469 billion baht in budget deficit.

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Thai premier holds meeting on 2020 Budget

BANGKOK, 1st August 2019 (NNT) – The Budget for fiscal 2020, amounting to 3.2 trillion baht, is scheduled for consideration by the cabinet on August 6.

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