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Odds against Pheu Thai

By THE NATION

 

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FRACTURED MANDATE WILL MAKE IT TOUGH FOR RIVAL COALITIONS TO FORM GOVERNMENT 

PHALANG PRACHARAT FINISHES SECOND, MAKING PRAYUT STRONG CONTENDER FOR PM

DEMOCRATS SUFFER HUGE SETBACK WHILE FUTURE FORWARD MAKES STRONG DEBUT

 

THOUGH THE Pheu Thai Party won the highest number of seats in yesterday’s general election, its chances of forming a government are far from certain, political analysts say.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091369-thai-elections-odds-against-pheu-thai/

 

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Former Thai PM Abhisit resigns as head of Democrats after election loss

 

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Democrat Party leader and former Thailand's prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva casts his ballot to vote in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva stepped down as leader of the Democrat Party after its poor showing in a Sunday general election.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091371-former-thai-pm-abhisit-resigns-as-head-of-democrats-after-election-loss/

 

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Under-fire EC takes blame for delayed ballot delivery

By Kas Chanwanpen 
The Nation

 

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Commission backtracks after saying delayed advance votes would be voided

 

BALLOTS CAST by Thais living in New Zealand last weekend did not arrive in time to be counted as part of yesterday’s tally. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091373-under-fire-ec-takes-blame-for-delayed-ballot-delivery/

 

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Senior citizens go for the ‘tried and trusted’

By Pratch Rujivanarom 
The Nation 

 

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ELDERLY VOTERS were yesterday showing their usual tendency to “play it safe” and vote for the same parties they’ve always supported rather than taking a “gamble” on newcomers.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091374-senior-citizens-go-for-the-‘tried-and-trusted’/

 

 

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Elections went smoothly, says top EC official

By The Nation

 

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The Election Commission (EC) announced yesterday that the casting of ballots had been successful with all polling stations closing on time at 5pm.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091375-elections-went-smoothly-says-top-ec-official/

 

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Dismal electoral showing forces Abhisit to step down

By The Nation

 

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Abhisit Vejjajiva tendered his resignation as Democrat leader on Sunday night, after his party’s dismal performance in the elections.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091371-former-thai-pm-abhisit-resigns-as-head-of-democrats-after-election-loss/?do=findComment&comment=13973716

 

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Confusion, shaky hands of drunks result in spoiled ballots

By Suriya Patathayo 
The Nation 

 

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MORE THAN 70 voters spoiled their ballots at polling stations across the country yesterday, some out of ignorance, others because they were under the influence of alcohol.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091376-confusion-shaky-hands-of-drunks-result-in-spoiled-ballots/

 

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UN, US, other agencies post monitors across Kingdom

By The Nation

 

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THAILAND’S long-delayed election took place under the watchful eyes of foreign observers, with representatives of the United Nations fanning out across the capital and its outskirts.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091377-un-us-other-agencies-post-monitors-across-kingdom/

 

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Thanathorn grateful for 50-seat debut

By The Nation

 

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Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit thanked voters for making space for the party in the Thai political landscape after it won more than 50 of the 500 seats in Parliament.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091378-thanathorn-grateful-for-50-seat-debut/

 

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Targeted by petition, Chiang Mai governor unveils fresh measures to tackle pollution

By The Nation

 

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CHIANG MAI Governor Supachai Iamsuwan, embattled over a failure to curb smog that has kept his province’s capital on top of the list of the world’s most polluted cities, announced five measures yesterday to tackle forest fires and cropland burning.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091379-targeted-by-petition-chiang-mai-governor-unveils-fresh-measures-to-tackle-pollution/
 

 

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Thailand plot China Cup final shock 

By LERPONG AMSA-NGIAM 
THE NATION

 

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Thailand’s assistant team coach Choketawee Promrut says Uruguay have weaknesses that can be exploited tonight by players like Chanathip Songkrasin. 

 

Choketawee backs J-League trio to stun mighty Uruguay today

 

NATIONAL assistant coach Choketawee Promrut says Thailand must find a loophole in Uruguay’s game if his side is to cause a major upset in the China Cup final in Nanning tonight.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091380-thailand-plot-china-cup-final-shock /

 

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Turnout at 65% lower than expected

By The Nation

 

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The Election Commission (EC) president Ittiporn Boonpracong concluded on Sunday that 65.96 per cent of eligible voters had turned up to exercise their right, and postponed the announcement of initial election results to Monday after 90 per cent of the votes had been counted.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091381-turnout-at-65-lower-than-expected/

 

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Election won’t change anything, says first-time voter

By Phuwit Limpiviphuwat 
The Nation

 

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Poompetch Kaewkanchanaroj, a 23-year-old who works in marketing, believes the polls will not bring any significant changes to Thai politics.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091382-election-won’t-change-anything-says-first-time-voter/

 

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Sudarat insists winner should form govt

 

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Pheu Thai party chief election strategist Sudarat Keyuraphan announced shortly after the close of the voting that the party stands by its principle that the party which won the most parliamentary seats should have the first right to form the post-election government.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1091383-sudarat-insists-winner-should-form-govt/

 

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