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Bangkok governor's election win restores hope for also-ran Thailand

Chadchart Sittipunt faces daunting and dark challenges

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Chadchart Sittipunt speaks during his campaign rally at Lumpini Park in Bangkok on May 9: If he can get Bangkok moving forward again, so can Thailand.   © Sipa/AP

Thitinan Pongsudhirak is professor and director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of political science in Bangkok.

While Thailand's gifted geography, critical mass and diplomatic history mean that it cannot be dismissed, it has consistently performed as an also-ran.

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