Pheu Thai wins landslide


The Pheu Thai Party (PTP) has won a landslide victory in the general election held on Sunday.

Unofficial results are giving the PTP more than half of the seats in the 500 seat House of Representatives. The Election Commission has said that unofficial results give Pheu Thai 263 seats with the outgoing Democrat Party of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on 162 seats.

Yingluck Shinawatra will be the first woman prime minister of Thailand and has already said that despite having an overall majority the PTP will seek to bring other parties in to a coalition government.

The PTP won 203 constituency seats and 60 party list seats, whilst the Democrat Party won 116 constituency seats and 46 party list seats.

An election poll for the Bangkok Post reveals that 54% of voters think that there will be violence after the election. In another move, the Army has said that they will not intervene in the election result.

Abhisit Vejjajiva has said that the Democrat Party will not support an amnesty for politicians, a direct reference to Thaksin Shinawatra who is in self imposed exile in Dubai after being convicted in Thailand and facing two years imprisonment if he returns.

Turnout in the election was said to be 65.99%

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