Saksith Saiyasombut

May 30, 2022

The Race for the Governor

Talking Bangkok Elections with Saksith Saiyasombut

New Books Network 2023

Why did Chadchart Sittipunt win the Bangkok governor race? What does his win tell us about broader political trends in Thailand? And how did it feel covering the Bangkok election? Saksith Saiyasombut, CNA’s Thailand Correspondent in Bangkok, joins Petra Alderman to talk about the significance of the Bangkok governor race – and the local administrative and council elections – and the challenges of being a journalist in Thailand.

Saksith Saiyasombut is CNA’s Thailand Correspondent based at its Bangkok Bureau, where he focuses on the latest political, social and economic developments in Thailand. Since joining full-time in July 2016, he has covered major news events such as the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016, the Royal Cremation Ceremony in 2017, the 2018 Chiang Rai Tham Luang cave rescue, the 2019 Thai elections, the 2019 Royal Coronation Ceremony of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the 2020-2021 youth-led Thai protests.

Dr Petra Alderman (prev. Desatova) is an associate researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and a post-doctoral research fellow at the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests lie in the area of authoritarian legitimation, electoral studies and promotional politics. Her regional focus is on Southeast Asia and has a particular expertise on Thailand.

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