Thai polls close with army-backed PM tipped for defeat

Vote counting began in Thailand’s general election, with pro-democracy parties expected to defeat the military-backed government. The opposition Pheu Thai party, led by Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter, was ahead in opinion polls. However, concerns remain about military interference, and the final outcome could lead to instability and further protests. The election marks a clash between the younger generation and the traditionalist establishment, with hopes for change amidst a backdrop of past coups and court orders.

Thais expected to deliver heavy poll blow to military parties

Thailand’s upcoming election is expected to reject former coup leader Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, with the opposition led by Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, likely to win the most seats. The election marks a turning point after pro-democracy protests and calls for reform. The Senate, appointed by the military, holds significant power in selecting the prime minister, potentially blocking Pheu Thai’s path to power. The election focuses on economic issues, with high early turnout reflecting a desire for change. The wildcard is the radical Move Forward Party, which could affect coalition-building and raise the risk of military intervention.

Billionaires, generals, democrats: A guide to Thailand’s election

Thailand’s upcoming election sees a clash between military generals and a resurgent opposition. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha and former ally Prawit Wongsuwan lead the military-backed parties, while Paetongtarn Shinawatra represents the opposition Pheu Thai party, and Pita Limjaroenrat leads the youth-led Move Forward Party. Coalitions will play a crucial role, and the possibility of another coup looms if certain outcomes arise. Dissolution of parties, as seen in 2020, is also a potential consequence.

Self-exiled ex-PM Thaksin seeks return to Thailand by July

Thailand’s exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced his intention to return to the country before his birthday in July. Despite corruption charges, Thaksin’s opposition party is leading in the polls, fueling speculation about his comeback. He expressed readiness to face justice and reunite with his family after 17 years of exile.