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Yingluck wins

THAILAND: Pheu Thai Party - led by Yingluck Shinawatra - has won a majority of 265 seats out of 500 in the lower house, the election commission said yesterday, with all votes counted.

Tuesday 5 July 2011, 01:47AM


Yingluck Shinawatra will become Thailand's first female prime minister after Pheu thai secured victory in yesterday's election.

Yingluck Shinawatra will become Thailand's first female prime minister after Pheu thai secured victory in yesterday's election.

Outgoing premier Abhisit Vejjajiva's Democrats, who have already conceded defeat, took 159 seats, the poll body said.

It said turnout was almost 75 percent, roughly the same as in the previous election in 2007.

The Election Commission is, however, studying some complaints of possible irregularities, which could see candidates given "red cards" and disqualified, potentially whittling down Puea Thai's majority.

The result is a remarkable comeback for Thaksin's supporters after his ouster in a military coup sparked years of turmoil, and his youngest sister Yingluck Shinawatra is set to become Thailand's first female premier.

Click here to see Phuket's election results.

 

 

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