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Puea Thai Party win a landslide victory CCTV News
Thailand's opposition Puea Thai Party has won a
landslide victory in the country's general election. Outgoing Prime
Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has already conceded victory to his rival,
opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra.
Yingluck Shinawatra will become Thailand's first female prime minister.
Moments after clinching victory in the ballot, she vowed her party would
deliver on its campaign promises.
She said, "I want to stress that Puea Thai insists on implementing
policies that we pledged during our campaign. We will do our best to carry
out our duty and not disappoint the Thai people."
Yingluck is the younger sister of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who
was ousted in a 2006 military coup.
She will replace Abhisit Vejjajiva, who was elected Prime Minister in
2008. He was gracious in defeat, wishing his political rival all the best
with her new government.
Former Thai PM Thaksin to remain in exile for now CCTV News
Former Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra,
has ruled out immediately returning to his home country despite his
sister's landslide election victory. Speaking from Dubai, the deposed
former leader praised the Thai people for turning out to vote in large
numbers and gave his vision of a new government.
He said, "Let's start the new government with the new approach with the
new attitude that we want to invite everyone to set the difference for
what we can work together, for what we can do together for the country and
for the people, so just forget the past."
Thaksin said reconciliation in Thailand is more important than his return
to the country after five years in exile. He also pointed out that the
Thai people did not vote for him, but for the Pheu Thai party. He added
that he would assist in national reconciliation, but only if requested by
the new government.