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Matchima Thippathai

Led by Thanaporn Sriyakul, a close aide to former TRT Labor Minister Somsak Thepsutin, Matchima Thippathai was strong principally in portions of the Northeast. Matchima Thippathai had at its core a faction of Thai Rak Thai politicians associated with Somsak Thepsutin, who was banned from politics for five years after the May 2007 dissolution of TRT. Some Somsak loyalists appeared to have deserted him to join the Motherland party, however. Businessman Prachai Leophairatana, an ardent Thaksin foe and supporter of the 2006 anti-Thaksin demonstrations, had assumed a leading position in the party, although the Election Commission had not recognized his assumption of the formal position of Party Leader as of late 2007.

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