The Pheu Thai Party insists that its defeat in the Don Muang by-election has not affected its popularity. But despite the brave front, everyone knows the pain of defeat cuts Pheu Thai very deep.
The party's de facto leader Thaksin Shinawatra vented his anger by calling all those involved in the election campaign to admonish them for their part in the defeat in a traditional stronghold.
In the last general election, the Democrats' Tankhun Jitt-itsara lost to Pheu Thai's Karun Hosakul by 8,000 votes. Last Sunday, the same Democrat candidate won 2,000 votes more than he did in the previous poll, while Pheu Thai's Yuranunt Pamornmontri got 8,000 fewer votes than his predecessor.
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