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Let the voice of reason prevail

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Having attended several rallies by the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) over the years, one thing has become abundantly clear - when on the stage, UDD chairwoman Tida Tawornseth doesn’t receive nearly the response and applause that Jatuporn Prompan does. 

Red-shirt members talk of Mrs Tida with admiration and respect, but they talk of Mr Jatuporn with passionate adoration and reverent adulation. Based on popularity alone, it’s not surprising that a UDD top meeting on Sunday led to the nomination of Mr Jatuporn as the new leader. 

Jatuporn Prompan addresses Pheu Thai Party supporters from the stage at a rally in the Wong Wian Yai area of Bangkok in September, 2012. (Bangkok Post file photo)

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