Thailand's Democrat wins first local election after red-shirts rally

09:13, July 26, 2010      

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The candidate from Thailand's ruling Democrat Party won Bangkok's Constituency 6 election on Sunday, the first local election after the chronic anti-government rally by the red-shirts group, according to the unofficial counting by the Election Commission.

Narathip Phattarawimol, the director of Klong Samwa district of Bangkok, announced at 7:30 pm local time that Panich Vikitsreth from the Democrat got 96,480 votes, beating the opposition Pheu Thai Party's candidate Kokaew Pikultong, who got 81,776 votes.

"I consider this victory as the return of democracy to Thai people," Panich said after knowing the unofficial result.

Meanwhile, Wicharn Meenchainant Puea Thai MP for Bangkok, said the opposition party accept the by-election result and thank for all the votes for Korkaew, who is also a detained red-shirts leader involved in the anti-government rally from March 24 to May 19.

Narathip, the election chief for Constituency 6, said 191,598 of 386,660 eligible voters, or 49.55 percent, exercised their voting right.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:李牧(实习))

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