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Parliamentary seats going with total votes - proportional representation ?  :)

''A day after the election, two rival parties – the Shinawatra-backed Pheu Thai and the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat – were locked in a close battle to form the next government with little difference between the two in terms of strength in Parliament. While the Phalang Pracharat Party claims it has secured the “popular vote” from people nationwide, Pheu Thai argued that it has won the most number of MP seats and therefore should be invited first to form the government. With 94 per cent of votes counted yesterday, the pro-junta party grossed 7,939,937 votes nationwide while the Shinawatra-backed Pheu Thai was second with 7,423,361 votes. In this election, the total number of votes for each party – irrespective of whether its constituency candidates win or not – are combined to determine how many MPs each party gets in total.''

As for the 'losers' . .

'' . . . if Pheu Thai becomes an opposition party - “It will benefit the country if they can play a strong opposition role to scrutinise Prayut’s next government and force Phalang Pracharat to learn what true democracy is,” . . .''

''Future Forward Party celebrated victories in 30 constituencies in its electoral debut. The party’s secretary-general, Piyabutr Sangkanokkul, however, set three conditions for Future Forward to join any coalition – write a new constitution, overturn the junta’s legacy, and reform the Army to prevent coups.''

I wish Pheu Thai and FFP good luck with those ambitions !

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30366540
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There we are then  :-\

''The former head of Thailand’s military junta has been selected as the country’s next prime minister, securing the military’s already tight grip on power after the first Thai election in eight years. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has been PM for the past five years after a military coup in 2014, will lead a coalition government. He was voted back in on Wednesday by the newly formed democratic parliament.''

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/05/thailand-military-backed-pm-prayuth-chan-ocha-voted-in-after-junta-creates-loose-coalition



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Why even bother with an election when you know the outcome before people vote.


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I noticed this in the 'Nikkei Asia review'  8)

Thai junta bows out having failed to bridge the societal divide

''After 62 months of military rule, prime minister drops 'interim' from title . .

It took almost four months after the general election for the new administration of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to be inaugurated. That took place on Tuesday. The National Council for Peace and Order, which had been in charge since a military coup in May 2014, was disbanded the same day, and the country swung from military to civilian rule. The NCPO reigned for five years and two months, much longer than the four-year terms that members of Thailand's lower house serve. Its time in power looks even more drawn-out compared with the aftermath of the coups in 1991 and 2006. . . .

. . . . . The prime minister now heads a 19-party coalition government, a rarity in global politics. With such a fragile control over the government, Prayuth's ability to heal the nation is questionable
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https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Comment/Thai-junta-bows-out-having-failed-to-bridge-the-societal-divide?
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I suppose it's a wait and see situation really Roger because it is highly unlikely this coalition will last.
If at first you don't succeed you are clearly not cut out for it. Give up and move on.