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Thai Political Parties Gearing Up for Elections

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TEHRAN, May 25 (ICANA) – Even though Parliamentary elections in Thailand are more than a month away, political parties wasted no time in announcing their candidates.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:56:17 PM
Thai Political Parties Gearing Up for Elections

The upcoming elections in Thailand will see a hotly contested fight between the incumbent Democrat Party, and the opposition Pheu Thai Party, which supports the red-shirt movement. About 47 million people are eligible to vote in this election, and they will be looking forward to see which party they can trust to tackle issues like rising food prices, illicit drug abuse, and economic crisis.

This long awaited election follows the turbulent political landscape which has shaped Thai politics in recent years, most memorably during the crackdown on red shirt protests in 2010.

The political party of Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Democrat Party, began unveiling its candidates in its traditional stronghold of Bangkok. In an interview with Press TV, PM Abhisit stated his party's strategy.

Not to be left out, the opposition Pheu Thai Party, kicked off its election campaign in its traditional stronghold of Chiang Mai, where former PM Thaksin was born.

Much of the attention in these elections has been focused on the candidacy of Yingluck Shinawatra, who, as former PM Thaksin Shinawatra's sister, has had to deal with allegations that she was part of the corrupt family business.

Yingluck's opponents also cited her lack of experience as a politician, questioning her ability to lead the country.

Despite the close scrutiny that Yingluck has been subject to, recent opinion polls have suggested that she is currently more popular than current PM Abhisit, with a Bangkok poll stating figures of 26.9% favoring Yingluck, while only 17.4% favored the incumbent PM Abhisit.

However, with 52% still undecided about who they want as their premier, Thailand's political parties will be working hard to canvass for the votes they need to form the next government.

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