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Bangkok Picks Independent as New Governor as National Vote Looms

  • Former minister heads for landslide in first poll since 2013
  • Outcome seen as pointer to general elections due early 2023
Chadchart Sittipunt
Chadchart SittipuntPhotographer: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images
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Thailand’s capital overwhelmingly voted for an independent to be its new governor in the first election in almost a decade, with the winner facing the challenges of rebuilding Bangkok’s pre-pandemic status as a tourism hub and tackling persistent pollution.

Chadchart Sittipunt, a former transport minister who consistently led pre-election surveys, was ahead with almost 52% of the vote with 60% of the ballots counted, according to unofficial results from the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority. An estimated 64% of the city’s 4.4 million voters exercised their franchise, official data showed.