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Ruling party risks split over candidate for Bangkok governor election 



A Thai man holding his child puts his ballot into a box at a polling station as residents vote for a new Bangkok governor in Thailand’s capital on March 3, 2013. Bangkok residents went to the polls to elect a governor in a to-the-wire fight for city hall which has re-opened Thailand’s festering political divisions.(Photo by PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP)


Already hit by an anti-establishment uprising, Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharath Party is now facing a potential revolt from within as it chooses a candidate for the Bangkok governor election.


Three people are reportedly vying for the role, in the belief that running for the core coalition party will boost their chances of being elected later this year. The ruling party topped Bangkok in the 2019 election, winning 12 of the 30 MP seats on offer.


The first Palang Pracharath gubernatorial hopeful is Taya Teepsuwan, wife of Education Minister and deputy party leader Nataphol Teepsuwan – a key figure in securing the party’s political base in the capital.


Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/ruling-party-risks-split-over-candidate-for-bangkok-governor-election/



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