Yingluck at top of Pheu Thai party list

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is the No 1 party-list MP candidate of the Pheu Thai Party, according to a document filed with the Election Commission (EC) on Monday, the first day of registration of election candidacy.

Former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, who is Ms Yingluck's brother-in-law, is the No 2 party-list candidate.

The next in descending ordersare: caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, caretaker Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri and caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung.

A total of 35 political parties have already signed up and were due to draw the ballot numbers on Monday, but it was possible that may be postponed, the EC said.

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Discussion 1 : 23/12/2013 at 06:14 PM
Her first act towards reform, to enlsit with another clone as backup.
Discussion 2 : 23/12/2013 at 05:17 PM
well said onlooker!
Discussion 3 : 23/12/2013 at 02:24 PM
pci: Correct me if I am wrong. Each candidate is trying to win a seat in government. Each political party is trying to win a place in the government. Each strong party is trying to win the right to form the government. If there is an impasse where no one political party has enough percentage to form the government according to election rules, then you may have a coalition government. Only the ruling party decides the formation of the government including the 2 top posts - PM & DPM. If it is a coalition government, .........
Discussion 4 : 23/12/2013 at 01:03 PM
Comparing YS to Suharto, Hassad ( Syria ), Marcos ( Phillipines ), and Kim ( DPRK ) clearly shows why it is so difficult to reach middle ground. Should you ever be moved to study the propaganda coming from the Nazi's, you might think twice about such negative comparisons.
Discussion 5 : 23/12/2013 at 12:42 PM
With her kind of persona, your hope (and mine) are doomed from the start.
Discussion 6 : 23/12/2013 at 12:40 PM
FYI, the Marcos dynasty lives on, with Imelda (wife), Ferdinand Jr (son), and Imee (daughter) all holding political positions. The Romualdez family (Imelda Romualdez-Marcos' relatives) are also active in politics. So Filipinos have short memories just like Thais. So pathetic.
Discussion 7 : 23/12/2013 at 12:31 PM
Maybe someone should establish a new party and promise all the voters 100,000B cash payout after the elections. Obviously this wouldn’t be vote buying, they would call it something like “stimulating the economy” or whatever. I guess this new party would have a good chance to win the elections. Sure, there would be people who would ask where all that money would come from. But most voters wouldn’t really care. They vote under the motto: “we want it all, we want it now” And how can we expect that these kind of voters will vote for someone who is reasonable and who would stop the rice scam and all the other vote buying policies?
Discussion 8 : 23/12/2013 at 12:25 PM
What a list of elites ...
Discussion 9 : 23/12/2013 at 12:16 PM
When will we see the positions of PM and Deputy PMs on the ballot? It should be done that way. Plus the provincial Governors also. It would be fun to go through 35 different names of PM candidates and 100's of Deputy PMs. And the voters would know who would be running the country when they cast their ballots, not someone that knows nothing but was "assigned" to sit on the PM chair. This process would effectively reduce the numbers of the political parties by itself because most will realize that they got no chance of winning on their own.
Discussion 10 : 23/12/2013 at 12:03 PM
it was Einstein who came up with this, not Obama.
Discussion 11 : 23/12/2013 at 11:59 AM
"...I'm not so sure about the second-hand choice on the list...."....They all represent the PTP, the voters choice......To cherry-pick among this list as to good guy-bad guy is naive......Politically astute people will vote a party-line...and the contrast between the DP and PTP couldn't be any bigger..It is why the PTP can sometimes ignore the UDD/Red Shirts because they have no-where else to go ideologically.....I wouldn't say that for the smaller parties...Their non-ideological approach questions if they even are political parties...It is why they can float around between the DP and PTP...They are just non-political groups.
Discussion 12 : 23/12/2013 at 11:57 AM
Numbers 1 & 2. Keeping Thailand as the jewel in the families crown... nothing will change unfortunately. Big brother will still be firmly in control.
Discussion 13 : 23/12/2013 at 11:54 AM
Cant wait to see her again running around with her finger up in the air and smiling for the cameras... one of the few things she is good at. If this is good enough for the voters then just re-elect her again to keep her family in firm control of the country and your taxes.
Discussion 14 : 23/12/2013 at 11:45 AM
Good on Ms Yingluck, Monday on the first day of the opening for the election candidacy registration. I hope to see Suthep Thaugsuban also register before he goes to jail. It's up to the Thai people to elect from a fresh line up of old and new. Suthep has supporters now time to show it (register).
Discussion 15 : 23/12/2013 at 11:38 AM
Dos Khun Suthep have nightmares that the Dynasty will simply return in all its guises - or will PTP's arrogance be its Achilles' heel?
Discussion 16 : 23/12/2013 at 11:24 AM
sweetlew, the bans for the party executives of the disbanded parties face the ban, usually for something they had no part in, they are a farce.
Discussion 17 : 23/12/2013 at 11:22 AM
I don't think having Wongsawat as her number 2 shows good judgement this is just going to inflame the anti government protesters even more. It also shows further that the reform forum is just a shame to distract people and pretend that the PTP want to change. Once again the government demonstrates it's total contempt for the people of Thailand.
Discussion 18 : 23/12/2013 at 11:15 AM
And she wonders why hundreds of thousands if not millions and protesting against the government and want serious reforms.
Discussion 19 : 23/12/2013 at 11:00 AM
PM Yingluck's candidature is a subtle rebuke and defiance to the establishment. Personally I don't support her populists policies_which are draining the Treasury, and I totally condemn Mr. Thaksin's influence and apparent control of this administration but I think from now hence, Mr. Thaksin will hands-off. The Democrats shot themselves in the foot when they decided to boycott the elections. Let Thais listen to the manifestos of all the participating parties and give a verdict come election day. The alternative is chaos and dictatorship. Merry Christmas folks.
Discussion 20 : 23/12/2013 at 10:49 AM
"Yingluck Shinawatra is the No 1 party-list MP candidate of the Pheu Thai Party, Somchai Wongsawat, who is Ms Yingluck's brother-in-law, is the No 2 party-list candidate." No 3 is Yinglucks older sister No 4 oak yinglucks nephew No 5 is the cleaner and maid No 5 is yinglucks personel driver And this party is not about one family!!!!! Yeah right!
Discussion 21 : 23/12/2013 at 10:49 AM
A sad day for Thailand. Yet another Shinawatra family member running for office. Reform will never happen if this family gets back in power. One would think that the Shinawatras would have learned from the Suharto, Hassad ( Syria ), Marcos ( Phillipines ), and Kim ( DPRK ) failed experiments in family dynasties.
Discussion 22 : 23/12/2013 at 10:47 AM
Until now, PM Yingluck is part of the problem. I hope she decides the be part of the solution. But to paraphrase Obama: if you do the same things (and with the same persons) as in the past, don't expect the result to be different.....
Discussion 23 : 23/12/2013 at 10:46 AM
The Shinawatra's don't learn ever...... time will tell..... again.
Discussion 24 : 23/12/2013 at 10:38 AM
Haha, sometimes I think PTP would tease Abhisit and his followers as much as possible. Meanwhile, Yingluck was the only protagonist of this as demonstrated good judgment, patience and great knowledge of how things should be handled. However, I'm not so sure about the second-hand choice on the list was so successful.
Discussion 25 : 23/12/2013 at 10:32 AM
Wongsawat ... Thaksin brother in Law who was banned fro politics for 5 years is the #2 .... this is what is wrong with Thailand and Thai politics. 5 year bans and now back as #2 is laughable ... 5 year bans should be life time bans and years in jail ... but not in Thailand Will be more of same same ... lineups at the feeding through ... and a race to see who can eat the most of the 2.2 trillion

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