Thailand: No clear winner as March general election results released in full

Thailand's Election Commission officially released the results of the March 24 general election during a press conference in Bangkok on Wednesday, as opposition parties said that the results have been distorted by a seat allocation mechanism that lacks transparency, as well as other irregularities. Presenting the results the Election Commission Deputy Secretary-General Sawang Boonmee explained... Еще that «we had followed the law and interpretation of Constitutional court.» The former ruling Pheu Thai party, which supports ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has reportedly won the highest number of constituency seats — 137. The military-backed Palang Pracharath party, fronted by junta leader and incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meanwhile has claimed to have the people's mandate because it won the highest number of votes, reported to be eight million. While in theory opposition parties constitute a majority in Thailand's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's Parliament, under rules instituted by the junta after the military coup in 2014 the position of prime minister is voted on by the full Parliament, which includes the 250 military appointed members of the Thai Senate.

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