New Thai PM accused of buying votes with noodles

Last Updated: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 18:25

Bangkok: Newly elected Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was accused of buying votes with noodles, a media report said Saturday.

The Election Commission has launched a probe into a complaint that Yingluck was handing out dishes with noodles she helped to cook, which can be classified as vote-buying, the Bangkok Post said.

"There was no distribution of free food nor any attempts to buy votes as alleged," the Nation Thai daily quoted Yingluck`s Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit as saying.

He added that cooking was organised to attract the crowd and not be construed as a vote-buying.

"Preliminary results from the investigation show it was not an act of intending to cook the noodles to give them to supporters because a noodle vendor was cooking when Yingluck arrived and she asked if she could help her with the cooking," the Commission`s secretary-general Suthipol Thaweechaikarn told Bangkok Post.

Yingluck, 44, is the first woman elected for a premier post in Thailand.

Puea Thai won 265 of parliament`s 500 seats, but later smaller parties announced they were joining Puea Thai, giving it control of 300 seats.

PTI




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