UN chief welcomes "orderly conduct" of Thai election
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday welcomed the orderly conduct of the parliamentary election in Thailand in which the opposition party declared victory, Xinhua reported.
In a statement issued Monday night by his spokesperson, Ban welcomed "the orderly conduct of the parliamentary elections in Thailand and the promise by all parties to respect the will of the Thai people as expressed through the democratic process."
Ban said he hoped that the elections "mark an important step towards genuine reconciliation, long-term stability and consolidation of democratic norms in the country," adding that he looked forward to working with the incoming government and all parties in Thailand.
Thailand's opposition Phue Thai Party's prime minister candidate Yingluck Shinawatra declared victory, while ruling Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva conceded his party's defeat hours after the voting ended in the Southeast Asian nation's general election Sunday.
Yingluck, the youngest sister of self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is set to become the country's 28th and first female prime minister.