Thailand’s pro-army party won popular vote: election commission

Thai opposition parties announce the formation of a ‘democratic front’ during a press conference in Bangkok on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 28 March 2019
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Thailand’s pro-army party won popular vote: election commission

  • The main opposition Pheu Thai Party got 7.9 million votes
  • The results represented 100 percent of the ballots counted but would remain unofficial

BANGKOK: Thailand’s pro-army Palang Pracharat Party won the popular vote in Sunday’s general election with 8.4 million ballots, the Election Commission said on Thursday as it released unofficial results of the first election since a military coup in 2014.
The main opposition Pheu Thai Party, whose elected government was toppled in the coup, got 7.9 million votes, said Krit Urwongse, deputy secretary-general of the Election Commission.
The results represented 100 percent of the ballots counted but would remain unofficial until final results are announced on May 9.
The commission has not announced the full number of seats for each party in the 500-seat House of Representatives.
Results for the lower house’s 350 directly elected “constituent seats” showed Pheu Thai with 137 and the Palang Pracharat with 97.
The remaining 150 House of Representatives seats are allocated according to a complex formula involving the total number of votes for each party.
However, parties have been calculating their share of the allocated seats based on partial results, and both Palang Pracharat and Pheu Thai have claimed they have a mandate to form the next government.


Women, children among 10 dead in airstrikes in Afghanistan

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Women, children among 10 dead in airstrikes in Afghanistan

  • Two other people were wounded in Friday night’s attacks in Bala Murghab district
  • Choppers have been trying to reach the base, but insurgents are shooting from nearby villages and any return fire would endanger villagers

KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan officials say at least 10 civilians have been killed in separate airstrikes by Afghan security forces in western Badghis province.
Ziauddin Akazai, a lawmaker from Badghis, says two other people were wounded in Friday night’s attacks in Bala Murghab district.
Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council, says insurgents have surrounded an army base in the district. He says choppers have been trying to reach the base, but insurgents are shooting from nearby villages and any return fire would endanger villagers.
Three children, two women and five men were among those killed in the attacks, said Beg.
The Taliban, who control roughly half of Afghanistan, posted photos of dead children on their Twitter account saying that civilians killed by the air strikes in Badghis province.