Bangkok by-election results a stumble for Thailand's ruling party - but not quite for PM Prayut

The results were indicative of people's desire for real democracy and to get rid of the government led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, said the opposition Pheu Thai. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - Thailand's biggest opposition party won control of a Bangkok constituency in a by-election on Sunday (Jan 30), in the latest blow for the beleaguered ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).

Unofficial results of Bangkok's Constituency 9 poll, which covers Laksi and Chatuchak districts, show Pheu Thai's Surachat Thienthong winning 29,416 votes, some 9,000 votes more than the second-best performing candidate, Mr Karoonpon Tieansuwan, from the opposition Move Forward Party.

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