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Update: 25 March, 2019 10:45 AM
Pro-military political party takes lead in Thailand election

Pro-military political party takes lead in Thailand election

Uttama Savanayana, Palang Pracharat Party leader, holds a news conference during the general election in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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 (For Thais).

Pheu Thai is linked to former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, whose loyalists have won every election since 2001, reports BBC.

The announcement of official results has been postponed until Monday.

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 Mr Thaksin's sister Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014.

The preliminary result is unexpected, with the Palang Pracha Rath Party (PPRP) initially predicted by many to come third.

More than 50 million people were eligible to vote, but turnout was reportedly just 64%, AFP news agency reported.

Thailand has been buffeted by political instability for years. After seizing power, the army promised to restore order and democracy, but has repeatedly postponed the vote.

On the eve of the election, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a statement urging "peace and order" during the voting process.

The statement, which was featured on national television on Saturday evening, urged voters to "support the good people".

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