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More than two million Thais are called this Sunday to vote a week in advance for the legislative elections that next Sunday, May 14, can mark a change of course in the Asian country.


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The election seems destined to be a duel between two opposition forces: Puea Thai, led by Paethongtarn Shinawatra (daughter of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra) and the reformist Move Forward party, led by Pita Limjaroenrat, which is rising in the latest polls.

Polls conducted by local media reveal that the candidate Paetongtarn Shinawatra could defeat the current prime minister Prauyth Chan Ocha.

However, the local electoral rules favor the parties in the Government and the polls themselves place the advantage between the political groups at very short.

The figures place Pheu Thai, the leading opposition party, with 41.37 percent of the vote. The second strongest opposition party is Avanzar, one of the most progressive in the country, which has 19.32 percent.

The study by Suan Dusit, published by The Nation newspaper, revealed that the current premier's United Thai Nation party is supported by only 8.48 percent while the Palang Pracharath party led by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan trails behind that of the prime minister with 7.49 percent of the vote.

In addition to electing the prime minister and deputy prime minister, the elections next Sunday, May 14, will also be to assemble the lower house of Congress and its 500 members.

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