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For Thailand, the hard work begins after the election

The next government must strive to bridge social divides

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha casts his ballot for the general election in Bangkok on March 24. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

Thailand's long-awaited general election on March 24 marked a key step in the country's efforts to peacefully transition from military to civilian rule. Crucially, the main opposition Pheu Thai Party -- loyal to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra -- underperformed at the polls, meaning no party appears likely to achieve a stand-alone majority in the lower house of the National Assembly.

Though it is unclear how parties will align themselves to form a possible coalition government, the military will very likely continue calling the shots.

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