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Thai PM candidate may avoid debate

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Yingluck Shinawatra, the No 1 Pheu Thai party list candidate, is not sure if she will be available to take part in debates organised by the People's Network for Election in Thailand (Pnet).

Ms. Yingluck said on Wednesday her schedule was tight and she had to campaign throughout the country until just before election day, July 3, so she was still undecided whether she would be ready to take part in the debates.

Pnet has scheduled a forum for the leaders of six political parties to debate their policies on June 23 and for Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjjajiva and Ms Yingluck, as Pheu Thai's prime ministerial candidate, to debate on June 24. The venue for the debates had not been disclosed. Mr. Abhisit has agreed to both debates.

Even if Pheu Thai tadid not take part in the debates, its absence was unlikely to make any difference to its popularity since, according to a party survey, the people wanted to hear Pheu Thai candidates speak in their constituencies, Ms Yingluck said.

On Mr Abhisit's question whether she can make her own decisions, or seek approval first, Ms Yingluck said the people would make their own judgement on this matter.

Ms. Yingluck said although she may be inexperienced in politics, she has much experience in business and leadership.






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