"The Pheu Thai Party is operating on hostile ground in the capital, which it will find difficult to govern if it retains power. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been forced to work from various bureaucratic offices rather than Government House. While it is true that only a minority of voters live in Bangkok, their hostility towards the government is worsening and unlikely to improve no matter how the crisis ends. An administration that loses the ability to run the capital will struggle to cling to power," Thai daily TheNation writes in an editorial.
"The protestors now occupying a number of road junctions in central Bangkok refused to attend. Whatever the timing, they intend to sabotage the poll, claiming that the prime minister will once again buy victory from millions of farmers with a massive program of pork barrel kickbacks. But the government's supporters see the protests as nothing more than a tantrum by a middle class elite that cannot accept simple electoral arithmetic and almost every scenario, from forcing the prime minister from office, to her reelection at the polls, raises the possibility of further chaos and violence," writes John Sudworth for the BBC.
"The aim is to create a crisis which will bring down the Yingluck government and the 'Thaksin system.' But what next? No amount of reform planned by this council or that is going to undo the big changes in political awareness and aspirations among the mass of Thai society. As long as there is one party that responds to those aspirations (with or without the Shinawatra clan), and another party that has not yet learnt to do so, election results are going to be much the same; and the middle-class frustrations will be the same too," writes Pasuk Phongpaichit in the Bangkok Post.
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