The Move Forward party (MFP) unexpectedly swept seven out of ten constituency-based seats in Chonburi province in Sunday’s general elections, beating the so-called “Banyai (big family)”.
The MFP, which preliminarily won 151 seats in the lower house (House of Representatives), won 7 out of 10 constituency-based seats in Chonburi province, which was originally dominated by the so-called “big family” aka the Khunplume Family.
The Khunplume clan led by influential political veteran Sonthaya Khunplume lost by a landslide in Chonburi in which it had previously aimed to secure all 10 constituency seats.
The family under the Pheu Thai Party’s banner won only two seats namely Constituency District 5 (Phanat Nikhom district, Koh Chan district) and Constituency District 4 (Bo Thong district, Ban Bueng district).
On the other hand, the Move Forward party led by Pita Limjaroenrat, 42, swept 7 seats namely Constituency District 1, Constituency District 2, Constituency District 3, Constituency District 6, Constituency District 7, Constituency District 8, Constituency District 9.
Meanwhile, Constituency District 10 saw a winner from the former coalition camp Palang Pracharath party.
At 9 PM yesterday, May 14th, Sonthaya revealed to Thai media that he willingly accepted the defeat and will improve himself even further for future elections.
He also thanked voters for coming out to participate in the country’s democratic process, saying he was happy that Chonburi saw over 80% participation rate in the elections.
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