Friday, December 7, 2007

Star-studded Thai election

Thai action star of the 1970s Sombat Metanee is following the paths of many from the ranks of film to politics. I'm thinking he's aiming to be more in mold of Ronald Reagan or Fred Thompson, and not so much Joseph "Erap" Estrada, and probably not even close to Fred "Gopher" Grandy or Ben "Cooter" Jones.

Sombat was serving in the Senate before last year's coup. He then became a member of the military-appointed National Legislative Assembly (the body that's probably going to approve the harsh new film law).

The Tears of the Black Tiger villain is running for Parliament in the December 23 election as a member of the Pracharaj, or Royal People Party, a minor party that could nonetheless be influential in determining who leads a coalition government.

Another 70s action star, Krung Sriwalai is also running, as a People Power Party candidate. This is the party that is the idealogical replacement for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's populist Thai Rak Thai party, which has been banned.

Former boxer Khaosai Galaxy, or Sura Saenkham, recently seen in Fighting Beat, is running under the Puea Pandin Party banner. Another Puea Pandin candidate is Kowit Watanakul, who was in last year's Krasue Valentine.

Singer Surachai Sombatcharoen, who was in Bodyguard 2, is a candidate for Matchima Thipataya.

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