Bangkok elections reflect the tussle between two political ideologies

The Bangkok gubernatorial and council elections on Sunday are a reflection of the political conflict in Thailand, between self-proclaimed pro-democracy liberals, who include the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties,…

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Notoriously fickle Bangkok voters could deliver shock result on Sunday

Many Bangkokians say they will have a “difficult decision” to make on Sunday when they come to vote for their next governor. With information hitting them from all directions and…

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In 1971, Phra Nakhon was merged with Thon Buri province on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to form Krungthep Maha Nakhon, now the capital’s official name. (Photo by Waranont (Joe))

5 decades of governor elections that have shaped modern Bangkok

Bangkokians choose their next governor on May 22, the latest episode in 50 years of administration that has shaped the world capital that we know today. Here, Thai PBS World reviews highlights…

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Bangkok race: How pollsters got it all wrong in 2013

Some nine years ago, both popularity and exit polls pointed towards one outcome. The Pheu Thai Party’s city gubernatorial candidate, Pongsapat Pongcharoen, would win comfortably, if not by a landslide,…

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Key points learned from Thammasat poll

Bangkok gubernatorial election made a big mockery of pollsters in 2013, when they expected M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra to lose heavily, only for him to win his second term with the…

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Homelessness and women’s safety: Huge problems Bangkok governor hopefuls won’t touch

Bangkok has had as many as 30 gubernatorial candidates, yet none has paid serious attention to its acute problems of domestic violence, women’s safety, and the homeless. Statistics show the…

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Campaign winners and losers in the race to become Bangkok governor 

The 31 candidates vying for the Bangkok governor’s post now have less than 50 days to impress the voters. But after examining their policies and campaigns, political observers believe they…

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Ex-fighter pilot Sita Divari on a mission to become Bangkok’s next governor

Former fighter pilot Sita Divari admits he is not a frontrunner in the May 22 Bangkok governor election, but he has vowed to “fight wholeheartedly without worrying whether I lose…

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Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang faces tough choice – surrender post or fight election

Having served as Bangkok’s governor for six years by special appointment of the junta, Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang is now seriously considering whether to run in the upcoming gubernatorial election….

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Chadchart’s dilemma underscores big political shift

Will Future Forward “surpass” Pheu Thai? The question is becoming glaring with each passing day, underlined by the apparent reluctance of Chadchart Sittipunt to run in the Bangkok gubernatorial election…

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