NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand - Hundreds shouted and waved flags emblazoned with the face of Thailand's junta chief at a Sunday (March 10) election rally held in territory with strong ties to the powerful opposition Shinawatra clan.
The army-aligned Phalang Pracharat party - which will push for General Prayut Chan-o-cha to return as a civilian premier after the March 24 poll - campaigned across the north- eastern "Isan" region this weekend in a bid to win over voters with deep antipathy to the military.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, party secretary-general Sonthirat Sonjirawong said a vote for Prayut would help end Thailand's decade-long political gridlock.
"Today, the Korat people will have to decide if you want to see General Prayut Chan-o-cha keep the country in peace and move it forward," he yelled at the crowd, using a local nickname for the city.
Hundreds of supporters chanted "Uncle Tu!" - a nickname for Prayut, who was born in the province - and were eager to hug and take selfies with their local candidates.