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    Daughter of ex-Thai PM Thaksin extends pre-election poll lead

    ANN/THE STAR – The youngest daughter of billionaire former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra remains Thailand’s top choice to become its next leader, according to an opinion poll, with more than double the score of rival Prayuth Chan-ocha.

    Paetongtarn Shinawatra, 36, whose father Thaksin and aunt Yingluck both led popularly elected governments toppled in coups, was the top choice for 34 per cent of respondents in a survey by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

    The youngest daughter of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Paetongtarn Shinawatra attends a PheuThai Party campaign event in Bangkok. PHOTO: AFP

    Paetongtarn’s support rose sharply from 21.6 per cent in a September poll when the majority surveyed were undecided. NIDA polled 2,000 voting-age people between December 17 and 22.

    Thailand must hold an election by May next year, according to its election commission, but no date has yet been set.

    Best known by her nickname, “Ung Ing”, Paetongtarn is an executive in the Pheu Thai party, which has yet to name her as its prime minister candidate.

    The Shinawatra name has proven to be a huge election draw since 2001, with populist policies that won Thaksin, Yingluck and their allies tens of millions of votes from the rural poor and urban working classes ballots.

     

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