The military government in Bangkok is offering more subsidies for rice farmers, who are struggling in the face of low prices. The junta hints the opposition is behind the price slump, but economists say it's more down to oversupply.
Thailand's military regime under PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha has been taken by surprise after Princess Ubolratana said she will contest in the next elections. A Thai journalist explains what the move means for Thai politics.
On Friday, there was a chance that the military junta in Thailand would lose power following Princess Ubolratana's announcement to contest polls. But after the king's decree, the military's position is better than ever.
The princess's younger brother, the king, has called her candidacy for prime minister "inappropriate." The unprecedented move shocked Thailand, where the royal family is put on a pedestal.
Thailand's king has blocked an attempt by his sister to run for prime minister. Just one day after putting the princess forward as its candidate, the Thai Raksa Chart party says it will comply "with the royal command."
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