Thailand's electoral authorities released preliminary election results on Monday, March 25, with multiple parties claiming victory. Initial results show the pro-military Palang Pracharat party receiving the most votes across the country though Phea Thai, the former ruling party before the 2014 military coup, won the largest number of parliamentary district seats. An additional 150 seats will be allocated according to proportional representation and the Senate seats are selected by a military-appointed committee. The full composition of the parliament and possible governing coalitions is yet to be determined as of Tuesday, March 26. Political demonstrations and a heightened security presence around the vicinity of any events is possible in the coming weeks ahead of and following the release of complete results.
Thailand has been ruled by a military junta since a coup in 2014 ousted the civilian government. The military announced plans for general elections in December 2018 following the lifting of a ban on political organizing and political assembly and campaigning.
Individuals present in Thailand are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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