July 20, 2024

Moon Desk: Vote counting got under way in Thailand’s general election Sunday with pro-democracy opposition parties tipped to defeat the conservative military-backed government of prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha after almost a decade in power.

Opinion surveys pointed to a resounding defeat for ex-army chief and coup leader Prayut after a campaign that played out as a clash between a young generation yearning for change and the traditionalist, royalist establishment.

The main opposition Pheu Thai party, fronted by the daughter of billionaire former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, was ahead in final opinion polls.

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