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Young voters key to Thailand’s election

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a 40-year-old billionaire is a favorite with young thai voters

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In Thailand, which will hold a general election Sunday — its first since the military seized control in 2014, a total of 52 million Thais aged 18 and above are eligible to vote, of whom 14 percent will do so for the first time.

Analysts are saying the emergence of FFP on the scene under its billionaire party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit — who is seen as a breath of fresh air by first-time and undecided voters, but criticised by others for proposing “radical” changes to the status quo — will redefine the race like never before, writes the Bangkok Post

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a 40-year-old billionaire who is a favorite with young voters, has spoken about economic inequality in the country, which has the world’s biggest income gap, according to a 2018 report by Swiss investment firm Credit Suisse.

And at the Commoners’ Party founder Kittichai Ngamchaipisit is a social activist who has campaigned against land acquisitions for industry, and the forest reclamation policy which has led to the eviction of indigenous people.

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Pro-military party wins most votes in Thai election

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The EC released the total number of votes for each party yesterday, earlier than previously expected.

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Thai military party neck and neck with Pheu Thai opponent

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As of 10.28pm, with 92 per cent of the votes counted, the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat appeared to have beaten Shinawatra-backed Pheu Thai with a total of 28.7% of votes and 139 seats

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Rights of ‘ordinary people’ in focus as 1 bln vote in Asia

A total of 52 million Thais aged 18 and above are eligible to vote, of whom 14 percent will do so for the first time.

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BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rights over land and forests, a push for LGBT+ equality, and getting more women on the ballot are some top election issues in Thailand, India and Indonesia as more than 1 billion people prepare to go to the polls, including many first-time voters.

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