Thai vote results delayed, anti-junta party seeks leadership | Inquirer News
Close  

Thai vote results delayed, anti-junta party seeks leadership

/ 05:21 PM March 25, 2019
Thai vote results delayed, anti-junta party seeks leadership

A supporter hugs Palang Pracharat Party leader Uttama Savanayana, right, after press conference at Palang Pracharat Party Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, March 24, 2019. A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed Sunday, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK — Thailand’s anti-junta Pheu Thai party said Monday it will try to form a government despite losing the popular vote to a military-backed party in the first election since a 2014 coup, highlighting the nation’s deep political polarization.

Separately, the Election Commission said it will announce the results of 350 constituency seats later Monday but full vote counts, which are needed to determine the allocation of 150 other seats in the House of Representatives, won’t be available until Friday.

ADVERTISEMENT

Pheu Thai leader Sudarat Keyurapha said it won the most constituency seats in Sunday’s election and will try to form a government with similar-minded parties.

But the party faces an uphill battle because selection of the next prime minister will be decided by the 500-member lower house as well as a 250-member junta-appointed Senate.

FEATURED STORIES

Unofficial results show the military-backed Palang Pracharat party won the popular vote, which along with the appointed Senate, puts junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in a relatively strong position to stay in office and cobble together a coalition government.

The election is the latest chapter in a nearly two-decade struggle pitching conservative forces including the military against the political machine of Thaksin Shinawatra, a tycoon who upended tradition-bound Thailand politics with a populist political revolution.

Thaksin was ousted as prime minister in a 2006 military coup and now lives in exile abroad to avoid a prison term, but parties allied with him have won every election since 2001.

His sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, who led the Pheu Thai government that was ousted in 2014, also fled the country after what supporters said was a politically motivated prosecution.

The blunt-speaking Prayuth, who as army chief led the 2014 coup, has aimed to extend his hold on power by engineering a new political system that stifles the influence of big political parties not aligned with Palang Pracharat and the military. /gsg

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: delayed, Elections, Prayuth, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, results, Thailand
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.