Thailand will take over the ASEAN chairmanship from Singapore. But some obsevers are concerned that the upcoming elections next year could distract the current military government to give the regional bloc its full attention.
Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been re-elected the leader of the Democrat Party, winning a three-way leadership battle. Now the focus is on the elections scheduled early next year.
Thailand's longest surviving political party, the Democrat Party, Thailand, is choosing a new leader this weekend. The incumbent Abhisit Vejjajiva is facing off against Warong Dechgitvigrom and Alongkorn Ponlaboot. The choice of a new leader could change the direction of the party.
Future Forward Party founder Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and his mother were "talking a walk" in Bangkok today to talk to locals and recruit new members - but insist that it's not campaigning. He the latest politician to do so as politicial activities are still restricted under military rule.
The late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was most famously known for his success with English Premier League club Leicester City FC in 2016, becoming unexpected champions. But the Thai business tycoon also made some impact on the football scene in his native Thailand.