Thai 'Yellow Shirts' founder elected party leader

The founder of Thailand's "yellow shirts" protest group was elected leader of a new political party on Tuesday.

Thai 'Yellow Shirts' founder elected party leader
The founder of Thailand's "yellow shirts" protest group was elected leader of a new political party on Tuesday.

Sondhi Limthongkul will head the New Politics Party, which will become the parliamentary arm of the royalist People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), whose prolonged protests helped bring down two elected governments in two years.

"There are a lot of political parties now, but we cannot trust them to represent us," said Sondhi after winning Tuesday's election at the party's inaugural congress.

The PAD, who wear yellow, the colour associated with Thailand's revered King, held a week-long blockade of Bangkok's airports in December, disrupting trade flows and leaving a huge dent in the country's vital tourism industry.

The new party adds another dimension to a complex political standoff between royalists, urban elites and the military, who oppose ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and rural masses loyal to the exiled billionaire because of his populist policies.


Reuters
Last Mod: 06 Ekim 2009, 16:43
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