The political turmoil in Thailand which has seen three prime ministers in six months may be subsiding, judging as elections held on 11 January. The by-elections, called for some 29 Parliamentary seats after the Thai courts had dissolved parties close to ousted premier Thaksin Shrinawatra, resulted in 20 seats going to the Democrats or its allies in the governing alliance. A Democrat candidate, Sukhumbhand Paribatra, also won the election to be Governor of capital Bangkok.
The Democrats and their new Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva came to power with a slim margin in their alliance only in January. The by election victories boosts the ruling coalition majority to 48 seats in the 480 seat Parliament.