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Thailand's opposition parties form alliance, demand junta step aside

The post-election standoff could raise tension just as the Southeast Asian country prepares for the elaborate coronation of its new king in May.


Thailand’s opposition “democratic front” of seven parties on Wednesday said it had won a majority in the lower house of parliament after a messy election, and had the right to try to form a government after five years of military rule

But the opposition alliance would still be unable to elect a prime minister, as parliamentary rules, written by the ruling military junta, require backing from a majority of upper and lower houses combined.

Parliament’s upper house, entirely appointed by the junta, is expected to endorse the pro-military party.

With unofficial results of Sunday’s vote still delayed, the ruling junta showed no sign

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First Published: Mar 28 2019 | 2:11 AM IST

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