The resulting and relative status quo that emerged from Bangkok's gubernatorial polls on Sunday bears cold implications for the national political landscape and the future of City Hall politics.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left, helps Pongsapat Pongcharoen put on a Pheu Thai membership jacket. As the candidate for the ruling Pheu Thai Party in Sunday’s governor election, Pol Gen Pongsapat received the blessings of party heavyweights including the premier and party secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai, at right, yet he lost the race. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD
Smaller and independent players fared poorly whereas the two leading candidates with party machines behind them garnered enough votes for there to be positive takeaways for both sides. The governor results have added to the duality between Bangkok and the rest of the country because national politics became decisive in Bangkok's poll outcome.