‘Battle royal’ headlines local polls

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 outbreak in Samut Sakhon, people in the province and in other provinces, with the exception of Bangkok, went to the polls yesterday to elect chairpersons and Provincial Administration Organisation (PAO) members. Pre-election campaigns by rival candidates and their backers which include several parties were fierce, particularly in Chiang Mai province which saw the breakup of Jatuporn Promphan, leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, or the red-shirt movement, from the Pheu Thai Party and its de facto leader, exiled former prime ministe…

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