Prayuth Chan-ocha plays a traditional flute as he arrives at Government House for a cabinet meeting on Tuesday [Ye Aung Thu/AFP]

A group of international election observers has criticised vote-counting in Thailand‘s first election since a 2014 military coup.

Thailand’s vote on Sunday was “heavily tilted” to benefit a party close to the ruling generals, one Asian election monitor said, denouncing a messy ballot-counting process that created mistrust.

Persistent confusion about results days after the vote has diminished hopes the first vote in five years would end nearly 15 years of political turmoil in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.

Official results are not due for weeks, but an opposition “democratic front” said it has attracted enough coalition partners to form a government, while a

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