Thailand Election 2011
July 4, 2011 by staff
Thailand Election 2011, The parliamentary elections on Sunday gave a great victory for Pheu of Thailand Thailand, giving an absolute majority in the 500-seat body and suggesting a referendum on the country’s military coup in 2006.
Leaving the old ruling party with only 160 seats, the election was seen as a victory for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been living in exile in Dubai for five years. Her younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra was cunning campaign despite little political experience, according to the New York Times.
Political unrest is seen as a victory for the country’s rural poor, led by former Prime Minister and now his sister, a businesswoman.
“This is a slap in the face to the creation of what we have done since the military coup in 2006,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute for International and Security Studies, Chulalongkorn University, told the Times. “This is a new Thailand, they have to learn to live with him.”
Although the general who led the coup in 2006, said he would work with the new majority party-won a seat in this election for a party that he created the military-backed the Democratic Party, which is seen as holding greater support of the country rich and elite members, as well as military.
Despite the victory on Sunday, residents in the country are worried about bullying and rumors of another military coup.
“We dare to organize in public,” said former producer of NPR Jettabootr Saifon chicken. “We fear that the government use the law to arrest. That’s why we meet people here, this Buddhist temple as our refuge.”
While both parties pay lip service to help the poor, many believe the election Thitinan solidifies policies to promote the country’s rural communities to local growth, and suggests an appetite among Thais for his return.
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