Six parties join new Thai coalition seeking to break political deadlock

Bangkok, Aug 9 (EFE).- Six small Thai political parties on Wednesday joined the new coalition that is seeking to form a government and aiming to break the deadlock which has been in place since the May general election.

The poll’s second-place Pheu Thai Party said in a statement that the new coalition, which was made official on Monday along with the conservative third-placed Bhumjaithai Party, has 228 of the 500 seats in the elected House of Representatives.

The alliance, which could be expanded further, looks to present property tycoon Srettha Thavisin as its candidate for prime minister.

To be elected as leader, Srettha needs to reach at least 375 votes during a bicameral session in which 250 senators, handpicked in 2019 by the then-military junta, also participate.

The senators’ rejection of the leader of the progressive Move Forward party, which won the election, as prime minister last month is the main reason for the current political blockade.

For this reason, Pheu Thai decided to break its alliance with Move Forward – whose victory caused a political earthquake in Thailand due to its liberal reform policies – a week ago and create its own coalition without it.

Pheu Thai leader Cholnan Srikaew asked during a press conference Wednesday for the cooperation from all to resolve the political impasse. EFE


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