Abhisit to campaign in Red Shirt stronghold


BANGKOK, May 27 – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as Democrat Party leader is scheduled to visit all regions and will launch its political campaign in the Northeast, a major stronghold of the Pheu Thai Party and the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the Red Shirt movement, according to a Democrat Party spokesman.

Buranat Samutharak said the party will carry its campaign countrywide to demonstrate to eligible voters that its party leader represents all Thais regardless of their opposition or support of the party.

Mr Abhisit will visit Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon and Amnat Charoen Saturday to announce the party’s platform to woo voters, in particular the guaranteed income scheme for farmers, wage hikes and reduced cost of living, the party spokesman said, adding that a date and venue for the major campaign in the Northeast is being considered.

Sunday the Democrat leader goes to Chon Buri and Chachoengsao to seek voter support for his drug suppression plan and the Eastern provinces development scheme, Mr Buranat said.

Meanwhile, Pheu Thai Party PM candidate Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday campaigned in Maha Sarakham in the northeast.

She said her three-day campaign in the northeastern provinces has received good public response. She expressed confidence that her party will sweep all constituencies in Maha Sarakham.

Ms Yingluck, youngest sister of fugitive ousted prime minister Thaksin, said that the country’s top job should result from the election and from voters’ decisions.

She said her party will again discuss the premiership if the party wins a clear majority in the general election on July 3. (MCOT online news)


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