Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the daughter of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is already emerging as the favorite for prime minister in an opinion poll ahead of the upcoming elections scheduled for May 2023.
In a recent poll, voters’ top choices for prime minister were current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Paethongtarn Shinawatra, a probable contender from the opposition Pheu Thai Party.
According to the poll, 28.5 percent of respondents support Paethongtarn, compared to 25.7 percent who support Prayut. Anutin Charnvirakul, the public health minister from the Bhumjaithai Party, comes in third with 21.2 percent, while Pita Limjaroenrat, from the Move Ahead Party, lags well behind in fourth place with 14.4 percent.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan of the Palang Pracharath Party received only 2.7% of the vote.
Paetongtarn was born in the United States on August 21, 1986, and is known by her family nickname as “Ung-ing.” She is wed to a licensed airline pilot, and they have one child together.