US hails Thai participation in key election

With about 97 percent of votes counted, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva conceded defeat.

Last Updated: Jul 04, 2011, 09:09 AM IST

Washington: The United States on Sunday hailed the people of Thailand for their "robust participation" in their Parliamentary Elections, as allies of the kingdom`s fugitive ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra rallied to victory.

"We congratulate the people of the Kingdom of Thailand, our long-time friend and ally, for their robust participation in the July 3rd Parliamentary Elections," said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland.

"The choice of who will lead Thailand now rests with those representatives elected by the Thai people," she said.

"We look forward to working with the next Thai government to broaden and strengthen our alliance, which is based on shared values and mutual respect."

With about 97 percent of votes counted, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva conceded defeat and congratulated the opposition led by Thaksin`s youngest sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, who is now set to become Thailand first female premier.

"The United States also looks forward to working with the opposition and non-partisan civil society, as we have always done," said Nuland.

Bureau Report