Two long-time champions of the Pheu Thai Party in Chiang Rai were beaten by new-face candidates of the Future Forward Party in Sunday’s general election.
In Constituency 1, Pheu Thai several-term MP Samart Kaewmeechai was toppled by Future Forward’s Ekkapop Pianpiset in a closely run contest.
Ekkapop, who had resigned his position as a doctor at a private hospital in Chiang Rai to contest the election, got 28,916 votes, while Samart received 27,048.
Another veteran politician in the same constituency, Phalang Pracharat’s Ratana Jongsutthamanee, came third with 26,745 votes.
In Constituency 6 of the province, Future Forward’s Phiradej Khamsamut beat long-standing Pheu Thai MP Itthidej Kaewluang.
Phiradej received 22,742 votes, while Itthidejl got 16,170.
Phiradej was a businessman running a hotel and a restaurant in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, as well as operating a real-estate business before he joined Future Forward.
He said he had not expected his victory because the constituency had a veteran politician with a strong political base.
Now that he had won, he would do his best as an MP, he added.