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centrist Democrat, Democrat Party, general elections, ruling party, House of Representatives

Thailand’s political parties were severely restricted for several decades following the 1932 change of government but have multiplied since that time. Many parties serve as the personal political machines of individuals or small groups, and few represent defined ideologies. The most prominent parties of the 2001 general elections were the populist Thai Rak Thai (Thai Love Thai) Party, founded in 1998 by businessman Thaksin Shinawatra, now prime minister; the centrist Democrat (Prachatipat) Party of former prime minister Chuan Leekpai; the Chart Thai (Thai Nation) Party of former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa; and the New Aspiration Party of former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh. Thai Rak Thai won 248 seats in the House of Representatives, then gained 14 more seats—and an unprecedented simple majority by a ruling party—through a party merger with the Seritham (Liberal Democratic) Party. Chart Thai (41 seats) and New Aspiration (36 seats) joined in a governing coalition with Thai Rak Thai. The Democrat Party (128 seats) led the 161-member opposition.



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