Bangkok governor thanks supporters after winning second term
BANGKOK- Thailand's opposition Democrat party retained its dominance in the capital city on Sunday as incumbent Sukhumbhand Paribatra shrugged off negative opinion polls to win a second term as Bangkok governor.
He beat off a strong challenge from Mr Pongsapat Pongcharoen from the ruling Puea Thai party in a tight race that was coloured by bitter national divisions.
In the run up the poll, the Democrats urged Bangkok's mainly middle-class voters against handing the ruling Puea Thai party a political monopoly through its gubernatorial vote. Puea Thai holds the 265-seat majority in the 500 seat parliament.
At the Democrat Party headquarters on Sunday evening, Mr Sukhumbhand, 60, fought back tears as thanked supporters.