Telecoms tycoon-turned-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was romping to another four-year term on Sunday in what an exit poll predicted would be a historic second successive general election landslide.
The poll, conducted jointly by six television channels and a &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/accidents/21/97/384/12384_slavery.html ' target=_blank>Bangkok university, said Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party would win 399 of 500 seats in parliament. If borne out by the official tally, it would be the first time in &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2002/10/16/38236.html' target=_blank>Thailand's coup-prone history that an elected leader has won a second term.
"It's not really a big surprise," Thaksin, the first elected Thai leader to complete one term, told reporters at his party headquarters after a lackluster campaign some analysts said was largely a referendum on his CEO-style of leadership, informs Reuters.
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