MPs present themselves to Thaksin as a gift

Bangkok Governor registration starts today/MPs present themselves to Thaksin as a gift - Bangkok Post, July 26, 2004
Two interesting political events are scheduled to take place today, and they will be covered extensively by the local media.
The first is the registration of candidates for the Aug 29 Bangkok governor's election. Registration is open till Friday. In the other, unorthodox, event, a group of 21 MPs who defected en masse on Friday from the Chart Thai party to the ruling Thai Rak Thai party are to present themselves as a special birthday ``gift'' to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who turns 55...
At least 10 people have announced their formal intention to contest the governor's election. Among them are Pavena Hongsakula, Apirak Kosayothin, Chuwit Kamolvisit, Chalerm Yubamrung, Mana Mahasuveerachai, Thawatchai Sajjakul, Karoon Chandrangsu, Peerapong Thanompongphan and Wuthipong Priabjareeyawat. Those yet to announce their candidacies include former governor Bhichit Rattakul, who reportedly has the backing of Thai Rak Thai, and Kobsak Chutikul, a Chart Thai party list MP...
For the time being, and in the foreseeable future, it seems all roads lead to Thai Rak Thai. It looks to be only a matter of time before Mr Thaksin realises his ambition, which is a single party government with complete control over the parliament.
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