Thailand election: rude shock for Thaksin-linked party as vote count points to solid victory for pro-military rivals

The Shinawatra political bloc that prevailed in Thailand’s past five elections woke on Monday to the unfamiliar prospect of life on parliament’s opposition benches as results from Sunday’s election showed its pro-military rivals headed for victory.The bloc’s architect, self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, from Hong Kong urged supporters to have “hope” but did not mention the prospect of defeat.His bloc has for two decades channelled populist support from Thailand’s rural…