Thai junta party takes shock lead with over 90% votes counted: Election Commission

AFP

Bangkok (AFP) – Thailand’s junta-linked party took a shock lead in the popular vote with nearly all ballots counted, the Election Commission said late Sunday, edging ahead of its pro-democracy rivals in the first election since a 2014 coup.

The Phalang Pracharat party, which wants junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to return as premier, gained more than 7.3 million votes with 91 percent of votes tallied, according to the EC — nearly half a million more than Pheu Thai.

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