The party allied to Thailand’s exiled former Prime Minister has won the country’s general election.
The Leader of the People Power Party, Samak Sundaravej, plans to be the next prime minister, but having fallen around 11 seats short of a majority, he’ll have to seek coalition partners first.
The army, and apparently the King, would have preferred this man to win. Abhisit Vejjajiva is the leader of the Democrat party. He came second.
The question now is what the army will do, given it ousted Thaksin in a bloodless coup last year.
Under the 15-month-old military caretaker government the position of prime minister in Thailand has been weakened, critics say threatening democracy.
The army has promised there will not be another coup. But it could well put pressure on other parties not to join a coalition with the PPP.