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Military-backed party takes lead in Thailand's election

Mar. 24, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed Sunday, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power. With 92 percent of votes counted, the Palang Pracharat party was first with 7.5...

The Latest: Leader of oldest Thai political party resigns

Mar. 24, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Thailand's general election (all times local): 10:20 p.m. The leader of Thailand's oldest political party has resigned after his party's poor showing in the country's general election. Abhisit Vejjajiva, a former prime minister, announced his resignation after an unofficial but...

Timeline: Key events since Thailand's last general election

Mar. 23, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Sunday held its first general election since the military ousted the elected government in a coup nearly five years ago. Thailand has a long history of cycling through elected governments that are then ousted by the army, which in time allows fresh elections. Here's a look the...

Exiled Thai leader is father of the bride ahead of election

Mar. 22, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thailand's exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra won't know until Sunday whether people in his homeland are still fans of his politics, but he was happy as he hosted a wedding reception in Hong Kong for his youngest daughter. Though ostensibly a family affair with a raft of VIP...

Thai parties hold final campaign rallies before election

Mar. 22, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's main political parties held their final major rallies ahead of Sunday's general election, urging their supporters on and highlighting policies they hope will bring them victory. The polls follow five years of military rule that began with a coup during a long-running battle for...

Thaksin allies face uphill battle in bid to oust Thai junta

Mar. 22, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The political movement that has won every Thai election in nearly two decades is facing its biggest test yet: Squaring off against the allies of the military junta that removed it from power and rewrote the electoral rules with the goal of putting an end to those victories. The latest public...

A look at those jockeying to be Thailand's next leader

Mar. 22, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — More than 70 parties are contesting Sunday's general election in Thailand, the first since a military coup nearly five years ago. Up for grabs are 500 seats in the House of Representatives, where parties will need to win at least 25 seats to be able to nominate their preferred candidate for...

Long Thai crisis morphed coup leader's career into politics

Mar. 20, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prayuth Chan-ocha became prime minister in a very Thai way: He led a military coup. Now after five years of running Thailand with absolute power, he's seeking to hold on to the top job through the ballot box. The military's thinly veiled proxy party has put forward Prayuth as its nominee for...

AP Interview: Thai PM hopeful wants constitutional changes

Mar. 20, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of Thailand's oldest political party said if he becomes prime minister after Sunday's elections, he will make forceful but careful efforts to undo undemocratic provisions in the constitution imposed by the military government that seized power in 2014. Abhisit Vejjajiva, head of...

Pocketbook issues eclipsed by military role in Thai election

Mar. 20, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pocketbook issues may not sway the outcome of Sunday's election in Thailand, given the bigger debate among voters over whether they support or oppose the military junta that has ruled the country since a 2014 coup. Experts say that widespread dissatisfaction, especially among the have-nots,...