Ten red-shirt leaders on Pheu Thai party-list

16:31, May 19, 2011      

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Names of 10 leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or red-shirt movement, have appeared on party-list candidates of the opposition Pheu Thai Party.

The now detained Jatuporn Prompan, a former Pheu Thai Party list MP and red-shirt key leader, was ranked number eight and Nutthawut Saikuea, another red-shirt core leader number nine.

While five others including Weng Tojirakarn, wife of a fugitive leader Arisman Pongruangrong, Wiphutalaeng Pattanaphumthai, Payap Panket and Korkaew Pikulthong were listed in the so called "safe zone" or within the first 55 ranks. The rest -- Shinawat Haboonpat and Petchawat Pattanapongsirikul -- were at number 72 and 86 respectively.

Under the revised electoral system, the total number of party list MP seats in the House is 125. The popular votes a party receives in the general election will be calculated into the number of party-list MP seats it wins.

Backed by the fugitive ex-premier Tahksin Shinawatra and Pheu Thai Party, the red-shirts held protests in 2009 and 2010 to demand the Democrat-led government to step down and call on a snap election.

Source: Xinhua
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