Re-elected Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand starts first day of work

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BANGKOK, March 29 – Re-elected Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra began the first day of work today following the Election Commission (EC)’s official endorsement.

Mr Sukhumbhand arrived at City Hall at 9am amid cheerful greetings from Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials. City Clerk Ninnart Chalitanont officially handed him his work.

The new governor then called a meeting of BMA staff to discuss the implementation of pressing missions and policies.

The top priority policies include installation of 20,000 closed circuit television cameras, recruitment and formation of community volunteers to monitor crimes and drug problems, and fare reduction for the BTS Skytrain on the On Nut-Baring line.

Mr Sukhumbhand won the March 3 city election, edging out his closest rival, former deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen who ran under the ruling Pheu Thai banner.

The five-member EC on Wednesday voted four to one to allow the Democrat candidate to return to his previous BMA office although investigations into allegations against him are not finished.