Thailand’s recent general elections, its first since a 2014 military coup, set off jubilation among party loyalists and efforts by various party leaders to build a governing coalition even though the official results aren’t required until May.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a fire in an office high-rise in Dhaka, Bangladesh, trapped people on upper floors and caused deaths and injuries.
The community in Christchurch, New Zealand, continued to mourn the worshippers killed in attacks at two mosques.
Election campaigning was underway in India, where voting takes place in seven phases in April and May.
In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019, file photo, Pheu Thai party’s candidate for prime minister Sudarat Keyuraphan left, and Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, right, smile during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Seven political parties led by the flagship party loyal to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have come together in a coalition to try to form Thailand’s next government, even though the results of Sunday’s general election will be formally announced only on May 9. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / Associated Press
In this Thursday, March 28, 2019, file photo, firefighters work to douse a fire in a multi-storied office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The fire in the high-rise office building in Bangladesh’s capital was brought under full control. Photo: Mahmud Hossain Opu / Associated Press
In this Friday, March 29, 2019, file photo, women react as the New Zealand national anthem is sung during a national remembrance service in Hagley Park for the victims of the March 15 mosque terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: Mark Baker / Associated Press
In this Sunday, March 24, 2019, file photo, free skate pairs gold medalist Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform during the gala exhibition for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Photo: Annice Lyn / Associated Press
In this Monday, March 25, 2019, file photo, a child of an Indian worker plays amidst election campaign material of India’s main opposition Congress party for upcoming elections in Ahmadabad, India. India’s national election will be held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, 2019. Photo: Ajit Solanki / Associated Press
In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019, file photo, a visitor looks at an artwork “In Stock (Walmart Worker’s Head)” created by American artist Josh Kline at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Art Basel, one of the world’s most prestigious modern and contemporary art exhibitions, returned to Hong Kong in its seventh edition. The prestige art fair is hosting 242 galleries from 35 countries and territories. Photo: Kin Cheung / Associated Press
In this Saturday, March 23, 2019, file photo, Muslim men pray at Hagley Park across a road from the Al Noor mosque following the March 15 mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: Mark Baker / Associated Press
In this Thursday, March 28, 2019, file photo, a woman in wedding attire poses for a photo portrait along a busy street in Xi’an in northwestern China’s Shaanxi Province. One of the ancient capitals of China, Xi’an is home to the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors. Photo: Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press
In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019, aerial file photo taken using a drone, coffins containing the bodies of flash floods victims are arranged in a grave during a mass burial in Sentani, Papua province, Indonesia. Flash floods and mudslides triggered by downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province last week killing dozens of people. Photo: Barce Rumkabu / Associated Press
In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019, file photo, a woman dressed in South Korean traditional “Hanbok” attire poses to take pictures at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace in the Joseon Dynasty, in Seoul, South Korea. Wearing a “Hanbok,” mostly rented, has become a fashionable trend among the youth commonly seen at palaces and other traditional places. Photo: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press