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Thai election

Move Forward and Pheu Thai pull ahead in Thai election

As counting progresses into Monday, coalition talks expected

Move Forward supporters cheer at the party's headquarters in Bangkok as the election results show its strong performance. (Photo by Adryel Talamantes)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's opposition parties were ahead of the ruling conservative camp in Sunday's general election, according to preliminary results, with the progressive Move Forward Party (MFP) and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's Pheu Thai combined appearing to have won the majority of seats.

Pheu Thai had been expected to win the most seats in the 500-member lower house, but MFP closed in, putting the two opposition groups virtually neck and neck with MFP slightly ahead.

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