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Thaksin-linked candidate wins Bangkok gubernatorial election

Chadchart victory hurts Thai ruling party ahead of general election due in 2023

Chadchart Sittipunt, a Bangkok gubernatorial candidate, casts his ballot. The last such election occurred in 2013, before Thailand's military seized power in 2014.   © Sipa via AP Images

BANGKOK -- Chadchart Sittipunt, a former transport minister who has close ties with the opposition Pheu Thai Party, has won Bangkok's gubernatorial election, beating a candidate from the conservative camp favored by Thailand's ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP) in a landslide in the election held for the first time in nine years.

The win is a blow to the military-linked PPRP ahead of a general election expected by early next year.

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