Preliminary Election Results
Trip Start Nov 15, 2010
49Trip End Ongoing
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Parliament has 500 seats
Red Shirt Puea Thai Party-- 313
Yellow Shirt (incumbent) Democrat Party-- 152
The remaining seats are divided up with the minor parties. Red shirts win an outright majority to form a government.
My favorite minor party candidate is a guy who owns the biggest chain of massage parlors in Bangkok. He has what he called an "anti-corruption dog" that he takes to haunts of politicians and tells him to "go sniff out corruption". The fact that a massage parlor guy is the voice of clean government is a commentary on the state of politics in Thailand.
Hopefully this margin will dissuade the Army from a coup.
In my last post on the run up to the election I got a couple of emails indicating that I had not shared the Democrat Yellow shirt point of view fairly. The fact is I don't know any Yellow shirts. There ain't none here in Chiang Mai.