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15 June 2011 :: 09:06:41 am 54974

Opposition PM candidate takes campaign trail to South

BANGKOK, June 14 - Yingluck Shinawatra, Pheu Thai No.1 party-list candidate, on Tuesday led her team to campaign for votes in the upcoming July 3 general election in the southern border region, the first campaign stop in the stronghold of her party’s main rival, the Democrats.
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Other key Pheu Thai candidates including the red shirt core leader Nutthawut Saikua, and party spokesman Prompong Nopparit accompanied Ms Yingluck to the region.

Speaking to journalists before leaving Tuesday morning for Narathiwat, Ms Yingluck said since the southern region is not a political stronghold of her party, she could not estimate how many seats her party will win in the South.

But she travelled to the region to listen to the problems of local people and to give them moral support.

Taking her campaign to the insurgency-plagued far South, the opposition’s top candidate presented her party’s platforms to designate the three southern border provinces (Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani) a special local administrative zone modelled on Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Pattaya City but said her party must first solicit local people’s opinions.

Thai and Saudi Arabian relations should be restored and Muslim pilgrimage quotas should be increased, Ms Yingluck said.

The southern border provinces will be supported as a hub of halal food production, she said, and the land bridge project linking the Andaman coast and the Gulf of Thailand will be developed to boost local economy, she added.

Later, when she arrived in Narathiwat, Yingluck, wearing hijab, was greeted by local people.

Meanwhile, Suthep Thaugsuban, Deputy Prime Minister and secretary-general of the Democrat Party, commented that his party was unworried over the Pheu Thai’s top candidate’s campaign stop in the South, as he believed that the Pheu Thai party will not win votes among the southerners.

“People in the three southern border provinces will never forget what Mr Thaksin Shinawatra did when he was prime minister and how he had hurt them,” Mr Suthep said without elaborating.

Report by : MCOT

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