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Thai election

Five things to know a week after the Thai election

Political deadlock foreseen as all sides await official results

If Thailand's power struggle turns into a political deadlock, the key Southeast Asian economy could suffer serious consequences.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- A week has passed since voters in Thailand finally had their say, casting ballots in the kingdom's first general election in eight years. It was a closely watched event around the globe: Would Thailand return to a democratic path, or remain under the rule of a military junta and its allies?

With much confusion over the results, a pro-junta bloc of parties is closing in on the magic number of lower house seats it needs to name the next prime minister. At the same time, an anti-junta coalition has a majority of the chamber's seats within its grasp. While the numbers reported so far give a clear indication of the situation, the official outcome is not likely to be known until May 9.

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