A hashtag, apparently from former Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s supporters, became the top-trending Twitter in Thailand on Friday.
TopTrendThai reported that the hashtag “1 in 3.9 million” (I’m one of 3.9 million votes) was the most used hashtag by Thai twitter users on Friday.
The hashtag related to the number of popular votes the Democrat won in Sunday's election.
The second to fourth ranked hashtags on Friday are also about the Democrats, which are #prachatipat in Thai language [Democrats], #Hua Jai Sri Fah [Blue at heart] to represent the party’s colour, and #Democrats [English language].
The top trending hashtag was interpreted to mean that the 3.9 million voters supported Abhisit’s political stance to not support General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to power as prime minister.
Abhisit declared before the election that he would neither support Prayut to continue his power after the election nor corrupted politicians.
He resigned as party leader after the Democrats faced huge losses in Sunday’s poll.
Democrat Party members are now split between joining the Phalang Pracharat-led coalition government or become an independent opposition party.
Earlier on Friday, Parit Wacharasindhu, a new generation Democrat Party member, suggested his party should play a “constructive” opposition role in line with the party’s ideology rather than join any coalition government.
“As a party member and a representative of the 3.9 million popular votes we won, I think we need to be honest to our ideology,” Parit, who is a nephew of Abhisit, said in a Facebook Live interview with Suthichai Yoon.