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Thai election

Unexpected contender emerges as potential Thai premier

Post-election uncertainty offers chance for technocrat to be caretaker leader

Ampon Kittiampon, pictured in 2009, has emerged as a possible candidate for the job of Thailand's prime minister.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's messy political transition towards democracy is paving the way for Ampon Kittiampon, a technocrat and a loyalist to the country's new monarch, to emerge as a potential contender for the job of prime minister.

Thai political insiders have gone from whispering his name to openly mentioning that Ampon's political fortunes are on the rise. The Thai-language press has amplified this chatter in columns written by the cognoscenti.

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