Thailand: On the Rebound

Kriangsak wins a key election

The campaign tactics were rowdy even by the rough-and-tumble standards of Thai politics. Nails were scattered around cars parked at party rallies; saboteurs disrupted election speeches by plying crowds with Mekong whisky; and before they went to the polls last week, many of the peasants of the northeastern province of Roi Et gladly pocketed bribes from the 14 candidates. When the 133,000 ballots were counted in the key parliamentary election, a familiar figure emerged triumphantly: former Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan, 63, who hopes that his victory will soon sweep him back into power in Bangkok....

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