Thai opposition forms 7-party coalition

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Thailand’s main opposition party Pheu Thai has formed a political alliance what it called “democratic front” with six pro-democracy parties on March 27 after securing support from 255 MPs in the 500-seat lower house of parliament, which would give it an – albeit thin – majority

The party’s prime ministerial candidate Sudarat Keyuraphan and leaders from five other parties – Future Forward, Thai Liberal, Prachachart, Pheu Chart and Thai People Power – declared their will to form a new government during a meeting in Bangkok. The New Economics Party, which is under the leadership of Mingkwan Sangsuwan, was not present at the meeting to sign the agreement, but agreed to be part of the alliance

The announcement came amid a delay in unofficial results and allegations of voting irregularities. Official election results will not be out until May 9.

So far, the Election Commission has only disclosed winners of the 350 constituency seats contested, without details on the winning margins. It has not revealed another list of 150 lower house seats, which need to be allocated according to the proportion of national vote won by each party.

Based on this list, Pheu Thai won 137 constituency seats and Palang Pracharath 97. They are trailed by Bhumjaithai Party with 39 and the Democrat Party with 33, both likely coalition partners of Palang Pracharath. Future Forward Party has 30 constituency seats.

However, the coalition would likely fall short of electing a prime minister, which requires a combined vote with the upper house of parliament, the Senate, which is entirely appointed by the military government.



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Thailand’s main opposition party Pheu Thai has formed a political alliance what it called "democratic front" with six pro-democracy parties on March 27 after securing support from 255 MPs in the 500-seat lower house of parliament, which would give it an - albeit thin - majority The party's prime ministerial candidate Sudarat Keyuraphan and leaders from five other parties - Future Forward, Thai Liberal, Prachachart, Pheu Chart and Thai People Power - declared their will to form a new government during a meeting in Bangkok. The New Economics Party, which is under the leadership of Mingkwan Sangsuwan, was not present at...

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Thailand’s main opposition party Pheu Thai has formed a political alliance what it called “democratic front” with six pro-democracy parties on March 27 after securing support from 255 MPs in the 500-seat lower house of parliament, which would give it an – albeit thin – majority

The party’s prime ministerial candidate Sudarat Keyuraphan and leaders from five other parties – Future Forward, Thai Liberal, Prachachart, Pheu Chart and Thai People Power – declared their will to form a new government during a meeting in Bangkok. The New Economics Party, which is under the leadership of Mingkwan Sangsuwan, was not present at the meeting to sign the agreement, but agreed to be part of the alliance

The announcement came amid a delay in unofficial results and allegations of voting irregularities. Official election results will not be out until May 9.

So far, the Election Commission has only disclosed winners of the 350 constituency seats contested, without details on the winning margins. It has not revealed another list of 150 lower house seats, which need to be allocated according to the proportion of national vote won by each party.

Based on this list, Pheu Thai won 137 constituency seats and Palang Pracharath 97. They are trailed by Bhumjaithai Party with 39 and the Democrat Party with 33, both likely coalition partners of Palang Pracharath. Future Forward Party has 30 constituency seats.

However, the coalition would likely fall short of electing a prime minister, which requires a combined vote with the upper house of parliament, the Senate, which is entirely appointed by the military government.



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