Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: New Prime Minister 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, August 21st, 2023, to Sunday, August 27th, 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. In a late afternoon press conference on Monday, August 21st, 2023, Thailand’s Caretaker Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwat Thanakamanusorn stated that his ministry is planning to seek a court order to shut down Facebook in Thailand for allegedly failing to take action on numerous scams, frauds, and fake ads created by user
  2. Anntonia Porsild, 26, a Thai – Danish woman, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2023.

Anntonia will represent Thailand at the Miss Universe competition in El Salvador in November this year.

3. Thai Police on Friday, August 18th, announced a successful apprehension of an American-Thai couple, believed to have been operating what the authorities said was the largest online escort service and sex agency website in Thailand, tailor-made for a foreign clientele.

The website was found to have specifically catered to foreign customers, with 80 prostitutes working for the site, covering various locations in Thailand including Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Hua Hin.

4. Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand’s former prime minister, returned home on Tuesday, August 22nd, after spending 17 years in self-imposed exile under a looming prison sentence.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, August 22nd, slapped Thaksin Shinawatra, the ex-premier of Thailand, with an 8-year jail term following his homecoming from exile.

Thaksin Shinawatra, the jailed former Prime Minister of Thailand, was urgently transferred to Police General Hospital from Bangkok Remand Prison around 15 minutes before 1 AM on Tuesday, August 22nd, following development of his health conditions.

Thaksin remains in a prison hospital as of press time with various factions arguing for and against his release or pardon.

5. Srettha Thavisin, the Prime Ministerial candidate from the Pheu Thai Party, has won the bicameral vote in Thai Parliament to become the country’s next prime minister.

The new Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, met with the outgoing Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House, while members of the parliament officially acknowledged the royal command appointing Mr. Srettha the 30th Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has chaired his final meeting with the Defence Council, appearing in good spirits as he bid them farewell. The outgoing premier also allowed group photos to be taken with reporters.

Congratulations to the new Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Srettha Thavisin.

That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!
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.