Democrat Party (Thailand)
The Democrat Party is Thailand's oldest political party and the main coalition government party in Thailand since December 15, 2008.
The Democrat Party is lead by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The party upholds a constitutional monarchist and conservative position. Numerous party members such as Somkiat Pongpaibul and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya were members of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD, commonly known as the "Yellow Shirts"), the royalist movement that helped overthrow Thaksin Shinawatra. The party's electoral support bases are mainly richer constituencies in Bangkok and Southern Thailand. Since 2004, Democrat candidates won three elections for the governorship of Bangkok. The Democrat Party is a member of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, an alliance of self-proclaimed liberal-democratic parties in Asia.
The Democrat Party in Thailand has not won a General Election in two decades. They came into power in a 2008 parliamentary vote after the courts dissolved the previous ruling party.
- Have strong support in the south and in Bangkok
- Popular with middle-cast voters
- Is seen as the best party that can handle the economy
- Struggling to win over the poor who constitute the majority of the voters