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Thailand elections: Voters deliver stunning win for reform

Published May 15, 2023
Thailand elections: Voters deliver stunning win for reform

International Desk: Thai voters have delivered a stunning verdict in favour of an opposition party that is calling for radical reform of the country’s institutions, reports BBC.

Early results show Move Forward exceeding every prediction to win 151 of the 500 seats in the lower house.

It’s now 10 seats ahead of what was the frontrunner, Pheu Thai, led by ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter.

Analysts are calling this a political earthquake that represents a significant shift in public opinion.

It is also a clear repudiation of the two military-aligned parties of the current government, and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a coup that ousted an elected government in 2014. The governing coalition won only 15% of the seats.

“The majority of votes reflect the need to escape from the ‘Prayuth regime’, and the yearning for change,” says Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist from Thammasat University. “It shows that people believe in the Move Forward demand for change – many more people than predicted.”

Thai social media is already awash with victory messages from Move Forward supporters, who have been calling themselves “organic canvassers”, and are describing the party’s win as a “wind of change” and the “dawn of a new era.”

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