BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's ruling party conceded defeat in general elections Saturday after exit polls showed rivals led by a scandal-tainted tycoon sailing to an easy victory.
In an election regarded as a crucial test of Thailand's fragile democracy, polls by three television stations showed the Thai Rak Thai (Thai Love Thai) party leading the Democrat Party by wide margins. The two parties were among dozens competing for 500 parliamentary seats.
Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, the Democrat leader, said he would "humbly respect" the decisive vote for his opponents.
"Brothers and sisters, we did our best," said Chuan, 62. "Now, people desire political change and we have to respect the people's decision."
The poll results -- 209 seats to 118, 230-107 and 241-133 -- were based on information gathered by reporters, pollsters and nongovernment organizations.
However, the country's Election Commission said it had received a flood of complaints about alleged voting fraud that could lead to disqualification or revotes for some 100 winners.
Final unofficial election results were not expected until Sunday.
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