Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Polish Man Allegedly Murders Ukrainian Woman, and more

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from the last week, Monday, May 15th, 2023, to Sunday, May 21st, 2023.

They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

Let’s get started and see what the top stories were!

  1. The Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat, 42, on Monday (May 15th) declared a victory after the unofficial Thai general election vote count released by the Election Commission (EC).

Leader of the Move Forward party Pita Limjaroenrat announced on Monday that his party is ready to form a coalition government with five former opposition parties and one new party, with a total of 309 seats in Parliament and himself as Prime Minister.

Move Forward Party (MFP)’s prime ministerial candidate Pita Limjaroenrat on Thursday officially announced the formation of a coalition government composed of 8 parties with 313 MPs.

The Thai Election Commission (EC) said on Monday (May 15th) that 75.22 percent of Thai people turned out for an election vote which is the highest record in Thai history.

It’s going to be a long road to the PM seat however and will have many obstacles for Pita as not everyone supports him in this role, especially from the conservative establishment.

2. Although Thailand’s general election resulted in a heroic victory for the Move Forward Party, their bid to form a coalition government may not be plain sailing after certain members of the upper house (Senate) made it clear that they will not vote for the party’s prime ministerial candidate as the country’s 30th premier.

As stated above, this is only one of multiple potential issues for Move Forward Party to overcome.

3. A Polish man has allegedly murdered a Ukrainian woman and dismembered her by cutting apart her body with a saw at a condominium in Bangkok.

A Polish man was arrested near a Thai border in Sa Kaeo after he allegedly killed and dismembered a Ukrainian woman at a condominium in Bang Kho Laem.

A Polish suspect who was arrested after he allegedly killed and dismembered a Ukrainian woman at a condominium in Bangkok has refused to say anything to Thai police and the media.

The foul odor from a Polish suspect, who allegedly murdered a Ukrainian woman, caught staff’s attention at a restaurant in Bangkok and helped lead to his arrest.

This crime shocked both Thai and foreign language media and made international headlines. The suspect has still refused to speak about the alleged crime or answer any questions.

4. A Chinese businessman was found dead with more than 20 stab and slash wounds at a resort in Mueang Trang.

Three suspects who were allegedly involved in the murder of a Chinese businessman in Trang have been arrested in Satun.

Three suspects who were involved in the murder of a Chinese businessman in Trang have been officially charged.

This was also a very well-read story and very controversial, the victim was married with multiple children and had been regularly “visiting” one of the suspects, a minor.

And, that is all for this week. Thank you as always for reading the Pattaya News/TPN News!


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.