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Yingluck Shinawatra Thanks Thais For Their Support, Says New Government Will Be a Coalition


In a speech a few minutes ago, Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s soon-to-be first female prime minister spoke in Thai, accepted the general election results, and thanked Thais for their support and their votes. She also thanked now-former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for making the campaign constructive.

“It is not the victory of the party, but a chance to serve the people,” she said.

International journalists were getting a little antsy, so Yingluck then began to answer questions in English. She said her first priority was to do what Pheu Thai promised on the campaign and try to help people with their economic problems.

She also said Pheu Thai will govern as a coalition government, but has only named one party, the Chart Thai Pattana Party, so far.

Although official election results are still to be released, preliminary results as of a few minutes ago (8pm Bangkok time), shows Pheu Thai winning 310 out of 500 seats. A landslide victory indeed.

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