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Overthrown Party Wins Thailand Election

From a confused and despondent BBC News:

Supporters of People’s Power Party cheer election returns at the party’s headquarters Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thaksin ally wins Thai election

The party allied to Thailand’s ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra has won the general election, initial results from the Election Commission show.

Samak Sundaravej’s People Power Party (PPP) won 228 seats in the 480-seat house, short of the 241 needed for an absolute majority.

The election is the first since the 2006 coup that overthrew Mr Thaksin.

Correspondents say the result is a big setback to the military, which has tried to curb Mr Thaksin’s influence.

The Election Commission said about 93% of votes had been counted and the situation would now not change greatly.

The PPP’s main rival, the Democrat Party, is set to win 166 seats and Chart Thai 39.

Mr Samak, 72, claimed victory, saying: “I will be the next prime minister for sure.” …

The PPP leader added: “This is a victory for all Thai people who unreasonably lost their freedom on September 19.”

That was the date in 2006 when the military removed Mr Thaksin and his Thai Rak Thai party from power.

Mr Thaksin, who is now banned from Thai politics, has since lived in self-imposed exile abroad, mainly in Britain.

However, his allies have promised he would return and that the five-year political ban on him would be overturned.

Mr Samak said on Sunday: “Thaksin said he will come back after the government is formed.”

If he does return to Thailand, Mr Thaksin will have to answer a number of corruption charges levelled against him in the courts…

How can this be?

Weren’t we told by the BBC and our other media betters that the coup the Thai military performed was wildly popular with the citizenry who were sick of Mr. Thaksin’s (alleged) corruption? And that the populace now wanted to appease the Muslim insurgency?

This, despite the fact that Mr. Thaksin had just been re-elected in a landslide.

What a sad day for the world of journalism, military dictators and terrorists everywhere.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, December 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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