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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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Chinese legislator visits Bangladesh

Chinese legislator visits Bangladesh

18 Jun 2019 | 6:24 PM

Dhaka, Jun 18 (UNI) Ji Bingxuan, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, met with Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah here and discussed bilateral relationship and cooperation.

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China's Xi to discuss denuclearisation with Kim during N Korea visit

18 Jun 2019 | 1:36 PM

Beijing, Jun 18 (UNI) Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his upcoming state visit to Pyongyang to discuss the bilateral relations as well as the situation on the Korean peninsula, International Liaison Department Head of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Song Tao said at a press conference on Tuesday.

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New Delhi conference to be a turning point : UNCCD head

18 Jun 2019 | 1:14 PM

By Ajeet Jha
Ankara 18 Jun (UNI) United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is hopeful about it's next Conference of Parties to be held in New Delhi this September, where it is planning to pitch for involving private sector in land restoration by allowing them long term rights over land.

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Iran says it exposed CIA-run cyberespionage network

18 Jun 2019 | 12:58 PM

Tehran, Jun 18 (UNI) Iran claimed it has exposed a US cyberespionage network run by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and that several spies have been arrested in different countries as a result.

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UN chief accepts independent report on Myanmar, highlighting ‘systemic’ failure surrounding Rohingya crisis

UN chief accepts independent report on Myanmar, highlighting ‘systemic’ failure surrounding Rohingya crisis

18 Jun 2019 | 12:10 PM

United Nations, Jun 18 (UNI) An independent review into how the UN System operated in Myanmar in the years leading up to the mass exodus of the Rohingya following serious human rights abuses, has concluded there were “systemic and structural failures” that prevented a unified strategy from being implemented.

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