04 Jul '11, 2am

Thai opposition secures clear majority: poll body

Thai opposition secures clear majority: poll body

BANGKOK: Opposition allies of Thailand's former leader Thaksin Shinawatra won a majority of 265 seats out of 500 in the lower house, the election commission said Monday with all votes counted. Outgoing premier Abhisit Vejjajiva's Democrats, who have already conceded defeat, took 159 seats, the poll body said. It said the turnout was almost 75 per cent, roughly the same as in the previous election in 2007. The result is a remarkable comeback for the ex-leader's supporters after his ouster in a military coup sparked years of turmoil, and his youngest sister Yingluck Shinawatra is set to become Thailand's first female premier. The election - and what happens next - is seen as a major test of Thailand's ability to emerge from its long political crisis, which saw mass protests by Thaksin's "Red Shirt" supporters paralyse Bangkok last year. The demonstrations culminated in the c...

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