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No need for city poll

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It appears that to hold any position of prominence in Thailand you must have friends currently in high office or friends who have held previous positions of power. Deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen had his bid of becoming governor of Bangkok thoroughly endorsed by Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, ex-core leader of the defunct Thai Rak Thai Party, and that man in Dubai who, on Tuesday, told party members via Skype: ''He feels Pol Gen Pongsapat has what it takes to be governor''. 

Squadron leader Sita Divari is virtually assured of the position of chairman of the Airports of Thailand simply because that man from Dubai has agreed to the nomination and he is a close aide of Khunying Sudarat. With the Bangkok governorship virtually settled, is there any need to impose restrictions on thousands of foreign holiday makers by holding meaningless elections?

BRIAN FORLONGE

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