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    More than 2,000 candidates representing 42 political parties have been campaigning in Thailand for Sunday's (26 January) first general election in six years--and the country's first test of its new democracy since the end of military rule 15 months ago.

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    More than 2,000 candidates representing 42 political parties have been campaigning in Thailand for Sunday's (26 January) first general election in six years--and the country's first test of its new democracy since the end of military rule 15 months ago.

    More than 19 million eligible voters -- of the country's total 40-million population -- are to select 269 members of a new National Assembly, which almost certainly will be fragmented with a resulting coalition government. Of the only four parties that have fielded more than 200 candidates, all are basically conservative, and any one of them could become the dominant partner in such a coalition. With no pre-election alliances formed for the Assembly's four-year term, the formation of a government could take up to four weeks, and the new Assembly is not expected to meet until February 5 or 6.

    The four main parties are the Social Actin Party (SAP), the Thai National Party, the Social Justice Party and the Democrat Party. The success of whichever ultimately holds sway in the new government could be crucial to democracy in a country much more accustomed to military rule.

    Prime Minister Sanya Dharmasakti's current government, which has seen the country through the transitional period from military rule to Sunday's elections-- and which itself was nominated rather than elected -- is not contesting the elections, mainly because it is a non-political alignment of technocrats.

    Campaigning has been concentrated in the rural areas, which contain 80 percent of the population, with candidates offering food handouts, film shows, donations to temples and pledges of investment in local projects -- all of which they regard as better vote-catcher than policy arguments.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6RQNQMVWFWWHRNBJAE6A9VW1Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RQNQMVWFWWHRNBJAE6A9VW1Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
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    N/A

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