Bangkok election could herald new chapter in turbulent Thai politics

Bangkok election could herald new chapter in turbulent Thai politics – Reuters, March 1, 2013
…Some believe a win by her party in Bangkok will cement that, strengthening her hand in governing the country of 60 million people and making it harder for her rivals in the military and royalist establishment to oust her, as they did her brother in a 2006 coup…

Yingluck Seeks Bangkok Win as Opposition Weakens: Southeast Asia – Bloomberg, March 1, 2013
…“We’re looking now at the next two elections, certainly the next election and probably the one beyond, where the Democrats still don’t have a team that can beat Thaksin’s machine,” Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, said by phone. “Thaksin will be emboldened if Pongsapat wins, but I don’t think that increased confidence is going to be enough for him to make a new bid to return…”

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