Democrat Party to field Sukhumbhand for re-election as Bangkok governor

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BANGKOK, Dec 27 — Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party on Thursday resolved to field incumbent Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra as its candidate for to again head the city government.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said the party executive committee voted by majority to select Governor Sukhumbhand as the party candidate to contest the gubernatorial election early next year.

Mr Sukhumbhand’s four year term ends in January.

Four party members expressed willingness to run for the top job in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

They are Mr Sukhumbhand, current Bangkok governor; Prakorb Jirakitti, former deputy Bangkok governor; Korbsak Sabhavasu, formerly the PM’s secretary general and Apichai Techaubon, former vice minister.

The party believes that Mom Rajawongse Sukhumbhand would be the perfect party candidate and would win the confidence and the hearts of Bangkokians to govern the municipality for another four year term, he said.

Mr Chavanond said Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva will invite Governor Sukhumbhand; deputy party leader Apirak Kosayodhin, who directed the party’s most recent Bangkok gubernatorial election and deputy party leader Korn Chatikavanij to discuss and draft the strategy for the election.

Mr Abhisit will hold a press conference for the party candidate tomorrow, he said.