One down. Another one should be gone, soon. Thumbs up to the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) for its decision to dump Thailand as a contender for the host of World Expo 2020.
The race to bring the event home is now narrowed down to Sao Paolo in Brazil, Ekaterinburg in Russia, Izmir in Turkey and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The last city on the list sounds familiar to Thais.
Certain things relating to Dubai can often be twisted and linked to politics here in Thailand. The Democrat Party, which launched the Expo plan to host one of the world's most popular events, suspects an intention by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government to see the Thai bid crumble by deciding not to endorse it. The feeling is that this move came from the Prime Minister's Office to give Dubai a better chance to run with its bid.
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