Thailand's Democrat Party in election mode

Leader and ex-PM Abhisit seeking another term, with eye on national polls next year

Former Thailand prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is seeking another term as leader of the Democrat Party in its closely-watched internal polls in December. He has held the post since 2005.
Former Thailand prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is seeking another term as leader of the Democrat Party in its closely-watched internal polls in December. He has held the post since 2005.

Thailand's oldest and now second largest political party, the Democrat Party, is readying itself for the kingdom's first election since the military coup in 2014 with a vote of its own for party leader by the end of this year.

"We need to open the democratic process in Thailand and it must start internally with the Democrat Party," former prime minister and party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva told The Straits Times in an interview. Mr Abhisit is seeking another term at the closely-watched internal leadership election in December.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2018, with the headline 'Thailand's Democrat Party in election mode'. Subscribe