Thailand

Pheu Thai Party stretches its lead


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The Pheu Thai Party which supports exiled Thaksin Shinawatra and whose Number 1 candidate is his sister Yingluck Shinawatra are gaining more ground in the general election due on 3rd July.

In a recent poll for Suan Dusit the Pheu Thai party had 51.5% of the vote, up 8% from the May poll. The Democrat Party of Abhisit Vejjajiva fell 3.4% in the same poll to 34%.

In the last few days Prime Minister Vejjajiva has been appealing to voters to support the Democrats to secure a majority government. He has questioned the published opinion polls saying that the Democrat’s private polling shows them just 20 seats behind Pheu Thai. He described the figures released by various agencies as volatile, but there can be no hiding the tough time the Democrats are having in some parts of the country, especially the North East, where their ability to campaign has been limited.

Last week a senior army commander intervened in the political process suggesting that people should use sound and reasonable judgement in their vote. He was, in effect, telling people to vote Democrat, a move which would suggest that if Pheu Thai do win then there may be a period of unrest in the country after the election in similar style to the 2007/2008 period.

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