There were no real surprises in yesterday's Thai election. Just as the polls predicted, the Puea Thai party has won a comfortable victory and its leader Yingluck Shinawatra will become Thailand's first female prime minister. Incumbent Abhisit Vejjajiva conceded defeat overnight, wishing Yingluck well and saying his Democrat Party was ready to go into opposition.

Preliminary figures, with more than 95% of the vote counted, put Puea Thai at 44.6% of the vote for 262 seats, against 32.6% and 160 seats for the Democrats. That's not quite as big a win as the exit polls said, but it will still give Yingluck an absolute majority in the 500-seat parliament.