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(11/15/07) -

Former Ruling Party Spin-Off First in Thailand

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The People’s Power Party – Phak Palang Prachachon (PPP)—populated by old members of the dissolved Thai Love Thais Party – Phak Thai Rak Thai (TRT)—has become Thailand’s most popular political organization, according to a poll by Suan Dusit University. 38.6 per cent of respondents would back the PPP in next month’s general election.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The People’s Power Party – Phak Palang Prachachon (PPP)—populated by old members of the dissolved Thai Love Thais Party – Phak Thai Rak Thai (TRT)—has become Thailand’s most popular political organization, according to a poll by Suan Dusit University. 38.6 per cent of respondents would back the PPP in next month’s general election.

The former opposition Democratic Party – Phak Prachatipat (PP) is second with 32.3 per cent, followed by the Thai Nation Party – Phak Chart Thai (PCT) with 10.3 per cent, the Matchimathipataya Party (MCM) with 9.4 per cent, and For the Motherland Party – Phak Pua Paendin with five per cent.

In April 2006, a general election was held after then-TRT leader and prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra decided to dissolve the House of Representatives. In May 2006, Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that the April general election was unconstitutional. In September, the Thai Armed Forces enacted a military coup. The group declared martial law, suspended the constitution, and affirmed their loyalty to the King. Surayud Chulanont was later appointed as the new head of government.

At the time of the coup, Thaksin was in New York for the United Nations (UN) general assembly. He currently resides in London, England.

In May, a military-appointed Constitutional Tribunal banned Thaksin from participating in politics for five years, and ordered the dissolution of the TRT for allegedly breaking electoral rules in the annulled April 2006 ballot. The opposition PP was absolved of any wrongdoing.

On Jul. 6, the interim government approved the draft of a new Constitution. On Aug. 19, Thai voters ratified the new charter in a referendum, with roughly 58 per cent of the vote. Surayud has said a legislative election will take place on Dec. 23.

On Jul. 29, several members of the TRT agreed to participate in the next general election with the PPP, a small and relatively unknown existing party. More than 400 former members of the TRT applied to join the PPP. Other TRT members created the Love the Nation Party – Phak Rak Chat (PRC), and a third group has assembled Thais United – Thai Ruam Jai Thai (RJT).

Thaksin’s niece Chinnicha Wongsawat is the PPP candidate contesting the seat of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, where the deposed prime minister is widely popular. On Nov. 12, she said her campaign would not be affected by claims of corruption being made against her uncle, adding, "People can think of me negatively, or they can think of me positively. I am only trying to do good for the people of this country."

Polling Data

Which party would you vote for in the general election?

People’s Power Party – Phak Palang Prachachon (PPP)

38.6%

Democratic Party – Phak Prachatipat (PP)

32.3%

Thai Nation Party – Phak Chart Thai (PCT)

10.3%

Matchimathipataya Party (MCM)

9.4%

For the Motherland Party – Phak Pua Paendin

5.0%.

Source: Suan Dusit University
Methodology: Interviews with 4,213 Thai adults, conducted from Nov. 1 to Nov. 10, 2007. No margin of error was provided.