BANGKOK, 4 July 2011 – The United States has congratulated Thailand for a high voter turnout in the Sunday general election and says it is ready to work with the new government of Thailand.
According to a statement issued by US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland, the US congratulates people of Thailand, whom it deems the long friend and ally of the US due to the high voter turnout in the 3 July general election.
The statement continued that the choice of the next leader of Thailand now depends on representatives elected by Thai people. The US is looking forward to working with the new Thai government to strengthen alliance, which is based on shared values and mutual respect.
According to the statement released by the US Department of State, the US is also looking forward to working with the opposition and non-partisan civil society, as it has always been doing.
Meanwhile, political expert Michael Montesano from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore believed that the success of Pheu Thai heavyweight Yingluck Shinawatra is attributed to excitement of Thai people to see the first female prime minister despite her first entry into politics.
The academic added that Ms Yingluck is naturally attractive during her political campaigns with her supporters while the Democrat Party fails to hit the target as it promoted its policies in election campaigns.