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Thai Military-Backed Party in Lead in Thai Elections

Thais voted Sunday in an election called a return to democratic rule, but which has been widely criticized as an exercise designed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to entrench his military’s stranglehold on power. Counting began immediately after polls closed at 5 p.m. Exit polls had indicated a strong showing for the Pheu Thai party of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra but initial officials results released Sunday had the military backed Phalang Pracharat party in the...

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