Pro-military political party leads Thai elections
2019-03-25 at 10:17
A pro-military political party in Thailand has taken an unexpected lead in the country’s first election since the army took power five years ago.
With more than 90% of ballots counted, the Palang Pracha Rath Party has gained 7.6 million votes – half a million more than opposition Pheu Thai.
Pheu Thai is linked to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose loyalists have won every election since 2001.
The announcement of official results has been postponed until later today.
However it is now looking more likely that the pro-military party will be in a position to form a government under the current leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup that ousted Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014.
The preliminary result is unexpected, with the Palang Pracha Rath Party initially predicted by many to come third.