Thailand`s martial law will not be lifted for the foreseeable future, the Justice Minister said on Friday, despite an earlier pledge to lift the law in some provinces to help the tourism industry which has struggled since a military coup in May.
A council selected by Thailand`s ruling junta Tuesday started work on reforms to close the nation`s festering political divide, a task critics dismiss as aimed at diluting the influence of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
His trademark televised diatribes have given way to misty-eyed songs, but in Thailand`s stifling post-coup climate, the firebrand leader of the once mighty "Red Shirts" welcomes any chance to reach his supporters.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday criticised television soap operas for promoting violence and divisions in society said he wanted scripts to encourage reconciliation, and would write them himself if he had to.
Thai police on Sunday arrested at least two people for distributing leaflets demanding renewed legal action against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then deputy for their roles in a 2010 protest crackdown.
An opposition activist`s claims that she was tortured in military custody were "100 percent fabricated", Thailand`s ruling junta said on Tuesday, after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an immediate investigation.
Thailand`s military makes way for a new administration in coming weeks, but the generals will keep a tight grip on power by filling an interim cabinet and legislature with soldiers, military sources said on Wednesday.
The assets of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and four of her ministers allegedly involved in a controversial rice-pledging scheme would be probed, the country`s anti-graft body announced on Thursday.
Thailand is expected to publish data on Friday showing stagnant consumption and investment, more evidence of a stumbling economy that will lend urgency to the military junta`s efforts to get the country working again.
Thailand`s new ruling military junta on Thursday said it will not "cling to power" and hold fresh elections under "right conditions", as tensions mounted in the troubled nation a week after the army seized power in a coup.