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Thailand faces instability after a skewed election: 'The biggest challenge is how they survive'

SINGAPORE - Thailand's military appointed the election commissioners. It repeatedly postponed voting day.

Its leading opponents were hit with court cases or disqualified altogether, and the night before the election Thailand's king appeared to endorse the army-backed incumbent.

With all that help, the military prevailed – barely.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appeared likely Thursday to retain his position after the election commission, using a controversial formula for apportioning parliamentary seats, left an anti-military coalition just short of a majority in the lower house following Thailand's first election in eight years.

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