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PM probed on World Expo bid failure

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The Democrats on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to explain why the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) rejected Thailand’s bid to host the World Expo 2020, after the failure was blamed on a lack of government support. 

The campaign for World Expo 2020 Ayutthaya kicked off with a bang in August, 2010, but international organisers said the bid fizzled out, with no sign of government support. 

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said the BIE dropped the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya from its list of potential hosts, despite the fact that the country had gone through the agency’s final bidding and selection process.

Ms Yingluck had earlier confirmed with the BIE executive committee that Thailand had the capacity to organise the world’s largest fair.

But the BIE executive committee on Tuesday unanimously accepted a recommendation from its inquiry mission team to drop Thailand as a contender to host the six-month extravaganza.

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