03 Jul '11, 1pm

Thai PM admits election defeat

BANGKOK: Allies of Thailand's fugitive ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra stormed to victory in elections Sunday, in a remarkable comeback after years of turmoil sparked by his ouster in a military coup. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva conceded defeat and congratulated a victorious opposition led by Thaksin's youngest sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, who is now set to become Thailand first female premier. With 92 per cent of votes counted, Puea Thai had won 260 seats out of 500, well ahead of the Democrats with 163, according to the Election Commission. "The outcome is clear -- Puea Thai has won the election and the Democrats are defeated," Abhisit told supporters at the party's Bangkok headquarters. The poll was the first major electoral test for the elite-backed government since mass demonstrations by Thaksin's "Red Shirt" supporters last year paralysed Bangkok and unleashed the ...

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