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Topic - Pheu Thai Party
Pheu Thai Party (PTP) (, Phak Phuea Thai, For Thai Party) is a Thai political party founded on September 20, 2008, when it was expected that the People's Power Party (PPP), itself a successor party to former PM Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai (TRT), would be dissolved. - Source: Wikipedia
Election officials began investigating would-be Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's campaign Wednesday, a move that may slow Thailand's transition to a new government and risks more political unrest if she is disqualified.
The sister of a disgraced former prime minister toppled in a military coup five years ago was heading toward a landslide victory to replace her brother Sunday, but her supporters already were expressing concerns that the "ruling elite" was trying to steal the election.
One year after troops crushed a nine-week insurrection, the Thai government and pro-democracy activists remain polarized, with each demanding prison sentences for the other's leaders while preparing for a nationwide election.
A bomb at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok killed one person and wounded 10 others Sunday shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests in the Thai capital.