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Thaksin loyalists eye return to power in Thailand's first post-coup election

Thaksin loyalists eye return to power in Thailand's first post-coup election

Exit polls indicated allies of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have won Sunday's post-coup general election, an outcome likely to deepen Thailand's two-year political crisis.
The polls from Thailand's two leading polling agencies, however, differed on whether the pro-Thaksin People's Power Party had won an absolute majority in the 480-seat lower house of parliament.
A Dusit poll for Bangkok's Suan Dusit Rajabhat University forecast that PPP had won a majority of 256 seats, compared to 162 for the rival Democrat Party.
An Abac poll for Assumption University showed PPP had won 202 seats, falling short of an outright majority, with the Democrats taking 146 seats.
The Dusit poll surveyed 341,000 voters nationwide before polling stations closed at 3 p.m. (0800 GMT). It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. Abac's sampling error was not immediately released.
Thaksin was ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006 but retains widespread popularity among the rural majority. PPP campaigned on a platform of bringing Thaksin back from exile in London.


Updated : 2021-05-06 21:48 GMT+08:00