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Thailand's junta leader will keep grip on power, early election returns indicate

BANGKOK - A party backed by Thailand's military government had a strong showing Sunday in Thailand's first elections since a 2014 coup and appeared likely to hold off opponents who campaigned on restoring democracy in the Southeast Asian kingdom.

With more than 90 percent of votes counted, unofficial results released late Sunday showed the pro-military Palang Pracharat party in first or second place, meaning it would win enough parliamentary seats to control the appointment

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