News analysis

By-election wins for Thailand's Democrats more telling of ruling party's troubles

Unofficial results show the Democrat's candidate Issarapong Makampai emerging as the winner in Chumpon. PHOTO: ISSARAPONGMAKAMPAI/FACEBOOK
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

BANGKOK - Thailand's Democrat Party retained two seats in Chumpon and Songkhla provinces in by-elections on Sunday (Jan 16), after a closely fought battle that saw the nation's oldest political party cross swords with government coalition leader Palang Pracharath (PPRP).

But while some might view the victories as hints of a possible Democrat comeback after it suffered major losses in the 2019 general election, analysts say the by-election results are more telling of the ruling PPRP's troubles and coalition rifts.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.