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Thaksin Allies Apparently Win in Thailand

December 23, 2007
By DENIS D. GRAY, Associated Press Writer 

BANGKOK, Thailand – Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, deposed, exiled and allegedly corrupt, was poised for a comeback-by-proxy as exit polls showed his allies won Sunday’s post-coup election.

With 80 percent of the vote counted, the pro-Thaksin People’s Power Party won 230 seats in the 480-seat lower house of parliament, the Election Commission said.

The rival Democrat Party won 161 seats.

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Thaksin Shinawatra

The outcome is likely to deepen the country’s two-year political crisis.

The information from Thailand‘s two leading polling agencies, however, differed on whether the pro-Thaksin People’s Power Party had won an absolute majority in the 480-seat lower house of parliament. The final results might still allow the PPP’s opponents to form a coalition government.

Thaksin was ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006 but remains ….

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