01 Jul '11, 11am

Democrat, Pheu Thai candidates neck and neck in polls

Democrat, Pheu Thai candidates neck and neck in polls

BANGKOK : With two days to go before a key election, Democrat and Pheu Thai candidates are running neck and neck in some of Bangkok's 33 constituencies. In certain neighbourhoods like upscale Ari, it is a battle between the Democrats and opposition Pheu Thai. It is said that whoever controls Bangkok will run the country as well. Bangkok has generally been considered a Democrat Party stronghold but this time around, polls show Pheu Thai ahead by 2 to 1. Rising food prices and a higher cost of living have alienated some in the Thai capital. Wages for the most part have the stayed the same. One Thai resident said: "The Democrat Party has been running the country for a while and has faced huge problems. The more problems an incumbent party faces, the more its popularity declines." Another resident commented: "The majority of lower class people in Bangkok might see a certain pa...

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