But amid a groundswell of activism on climate change among his affluent beachside electorate and a strong challenge from independent candidate and former Olympian Zali Steggall, Abbott was unable to hold on. Steggall said earlier Saturday she believed she could win and was running in the election to give locals a choice. Voters entering the polling booth were greeted by volunteers wearing bright orange "I'm a climate voter" t-shirts and "25 years of climate denial: Vote Abbott out" signs. Locals emerging from the ocean with their surfboards beside the station said they were voting for a change in direction. At another polling station, Abbott was surrounded and questioned by students who skipped school early this year to protest against government inaction on climate change.
Source: The Nation Bangkok May 18, 2019 11:03 UTC