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Thaksin Family Scion Is Top Choice of Thais in Survey for PM Job

  • Paetongtarn Shinawatra sees her support double in Nida poll
  • Prayuth’s popularity slides for a fourth straight quarter
Paetongtarn Shinawatra

Paetongtarn Shinawatra

Photographer: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Paetongtarn Shinawatra, daughter of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is the top choice of voters to lead the Southeast Asian nation after it holds general elections in less than a year, according to an opinion poll. 

Paetongtarn, who is widely tipped to be the prime minister candidate of the nation’s largest opposition party Pheu Thai, got 25% backing of the respondents in a June 20-23 survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, known as Nida.