30 Jun '11, 9am

Thai ruling party faces struggle in the north

CHIANGMAI: Thailand's ruling Democrat party is facing an uphill battle in the north. The party is having trouble getting its policies understood by the largely rural population there. Just days before the election, Interim Finance minister Korn Chatikavanij flew to rural communities in Chiangmai to promote his party's policies, in a last ditch mission to win hearts in the rural hinterland. The Democrat Party is guaranteeing fixed incomes for farmers even during crop failures as well as schemes to help them refinance their debt. But the party has been caught on the defensive in this region where the majority support the Thaksin-backed opposition Pheu Thai party. Farmers in the rural north are sold on the Pheu Thai's populist policies of giving out free credit cards and price subsidies. Mr Chatikavanij said: "The policies of other parties, I don't want to get into it but the...

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