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    Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj was defeated in Thailand's second general election in 15 months, it was announced on Monday (5 April).

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    Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj was defeated in Thailand's second general election in 15 months, it was announced on Monday (5 April).

    The election commission said the 64-year-old premier had trailed behind three candidates from the opposition Democrat party in his constituency in North Bangkok in the elections on Sunday (4 April). The Democrats are led by Mr. Kukrit's brother, Seni. Mr. Seni headed a coalition government last year which survived only a few days.

    Mr. Kukrit's failure to win a seat in the new 279-member assembly meant he would not be eligible for nomination as premier. He took over the country's leadership from his brother last year.

    The Democrats took an early lead in the election, which was called after the Prime Minister dissolved the assembly nearly three months ago when his multi-party coalition government was threatened with defeat on a no-confidence motion.

    The election campaign had been violent, marked by the deaths of one candidate, several canvassers and election aides, and a leader of the Socialist Party. More than a dozen people were killed in grenade attacks during election rallies.

    Mr. Kukrit's defeat came as a surprise, although he courted problems by standing for election in a difficult constituency where many voters are soldiers.

    Observers say he could have suffered from their displeasure over his government's decision last month that all American military installations must be wound up and all U.S. troops leave Thailand by 20 July.

    SYNOPSIS: Thailand's capital of Bangkok where elections on Sunday marked the end of a violent campaign, in which at least a dozen people lost their lives. It was the country's second election in 15 months and was called after the Prime Minister, Kukrit Pramoj, dissolved the assembly nearly three months ago. His multiparty coalition government was threatened with defeat on a no-confidence motion.

    Mr. Kukrit was defeated in the election and his failure to win a seat in the new 279-member assembly meant he will not be eligible for nomination as premier. His defeat came as a surprise to political observers.

    The Democrat party, led by Mr. Kukrit's brother, Seni, took an early lead. but they're certain to need the support of other parties to form a coalition government, as was the case last year when their coalition survived only a few days with Mr. Seni as premier.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA57T3GPQDI74NTBX2TR6HOO804
    Media URN:
    VLVA57T3GPQDI74NTBX2TR6HOO804
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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