Pheu Thai Announces New Coalition to Form Thai Government

Thailand –

The Pheu Thai Party has announced a new coalition with PM candidate Srettha Thavisin.

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The Pheu Thai Party will now establish a new coalition without the Move Forward Party, rendering the memorandum of understanding between the previous coalition null and void.

Now for the update:

The Pheu Thai Party currently has 141 members of parliament from the Pheu Thai Party and 71 members of parliament from the Bhumjaithai Party which is in total 212 members of parliament.

The Pheu Thai Party leader Cholnan Srikaew announced in the press conference at Parliament on Wednesday (August 9th) that six other parties now joining are the Prachachart Party (9 MPs), the Seri Ruam Thai Party (1 MP), the Chart Pattana Kla Party (2 MPs), the Pheu Tai Ruam Palang Party (2 MPs), the Palang Sangkhom Mai Party (1 MP) and the Party of Thai Counties (1 MP).

With six more coalition parties, the total number of members of parliament in the new coalition formed by the Pheu Thai Party is 228.

More parties are expected to continue to join the coalition to attempt to form a new Thai government, but the Move Forward Party, which won the most seats and votes in the last election, will not be one of them as due to their policy to amend the Lese Majeste law they were opposed at every step to form a new government and have been forced to the opposition.

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Under the current constitution, the 250 senators appointed by the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) are allowed to join MPs in electing a prime minister in Parliament.

This article originally appeared on our sister website The Pattaya News.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.