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Thailand election: Pro-military party takes unexpected lead

Bangkok, Mar 25 (UNI) A pro-military party that wants junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha to remain in power has taken a slight unexpected lead in Thailand's first elections, since the army took power five years ago.
With 94% of the votes counted on Sunday night, the pro-military Palang Pracharat Party inched ahead with 7.69 million votes, while the main opposition Pheu Thai Party, which is aligned with ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, received 7.2 million votes.
The announcement of official results has been postponed until Monday, BBC said.
However, it is now looking likely that the Palang Pracha Rath Party (PPRP) will be in a position to form a government under the current leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup that ousted Mr Thaksin's sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, in 2014.
The preliminary result is unexpected, with PPRP initially predicted by many to come third.
Thailand has been buffeted by political instability for years.
After seizing power in 2014, the army promised to restore order and democracy, but had repeatedly postponed this election.
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