BANGKOK, A ruling government party won over an opposition party, in Sundays by-election for MP in northern Thailand.
Palang Pracharath Party candidate, Phetphum Apornrat won 45,687 votes in the by-election, in Constituency 2 of Kamphaengphet province, compared to 37,989 votes for candidate Kamphol Pankul of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, according to unofficial results of the by-election.
Phetphum is replacing his father, Waipoj Apornrat, a former Palang Pracharath MP, whom the Supreme Court sentenced, among several others, to four years in prison, for offences involving 2009s Red Shirt mass protests, which disrupted an ASEAN summit in Pattaya.
Despite an arrest warrant issued by the court, Waipoj managed to remain at large, but then agreed to turn himself in to authorities, following his sons electoral race for the constituency, where he used to represent in parliament.
Source: NAM News Network