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Thailand election: Opposition parties seemingly secured victory | DW News

Preliminary results in Thailand’s general election on Sunday, have the country’s opposition parties — the Move Forward Party (MFP) and the Pheu Thai party — as clear victors. “It is now clear that Move Forward Party has received overwhelming support from the people around the country,” party Pita Limjaroenrat said on Twitter.
Pita later told reporters he was ready to be prime minister and that he would seek to build a coalition with five other parties including Pheu Thai. The pro-democracy leader also announced that he will ensure a “comprehensive, transparent discussion” on the Lese-Majeste Law — a controversial law which imposes lengthy prison sentences on those who criticize the monarchy.
With 99% of votes counted, data from the Election Commission showed that MFP had 113 constituency seats of the 400 seats where MPs are elected across the country. The Pheu Thai Party led by Paetongtarn Shinawatra — the daughter of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra — has 112 seats. Both opposition parties are anti-military parties and the Senate comprises members who favor the military. The national election is set to unseat the ruling conservative military-backed government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha after almost a decade. Prayuth’s United Thai Nation Party has 23 constituency seats.

But who heads the next government won’t be decided by Sunday’s vote alone. The prime minister will be selected in July in a joint session of the House and the 250-seat Senate, which was appointed by the junta.

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29 COMMENTS

  1. Lmao, the military will just stage a coup again. REMEMBER WHEN THEY ELECTED YINGLUCK?

    Unless the monarchy is taken down, Thailand will continue to have coups

  2. ราชวงศ์ไทย
    นอกจากจะทำตัวเหนือกฏหมายด้วยการสร้างกฏหมายอภิสิทธิ์ชนขึ้นมาป้องกันตัวเอง แถมยังหลบอยู่ข้างหลังทหารยังไม่พอ
    ยังพยายามใช้อำนาจมืดล้ม
    ประชาธิปไตยที่ประชาชนส่วนใหญ่เขาเลือกตั้งกันมาให้ได้
    ถึงเวลาที่ประาชนจะล้มระบอบปรสิตญาสิทธิราชกันแล้ว

  3. free and rigged elections, who thinks the senators appointed by the military is going to vote against the military's guy…if somehow the current prime minister is removed the military will just do what they always do and take control again

  4. At present, a member of the current government is attempting to dissolve The Move Forward Party and its coalition, comprising a total of 8 political parties. The argument put forth is that a statement within the coalition's memorandum of understanding (MOU) enables The Move Forward Party to have a disproportionate control over the coalition. The Election Commission has been given the responsibility to decide whether to transfer this matter to the constitutional court. The current government appears to be employing every possible means to prevent the formation of Mr. Pita's government.

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