Thai Gov’t Firmly Taking Shape, Potential PM Says

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The leader of Thailand’s winning party in the recent elections has announced that eight parties have agreed to form a coalition government with him as the prime minister. Pita Limjaroenrat, the leader of the Move Forward Party, stated that the proposed coalition would have a solid majority of 313 seats in the House of Representatives, out of its total 500 members. Despite the overwhelming support, there are concerns among the coalition’s supporters that Pita’s military-aligned opponents may use the unelected Senate to block him from office. Under Thailand’s constitution, the lower house and the 250-seat Senate must vote together to select a new prime minister. All of the senators have been appointed by the generals who took power after the 2014 coup. The alliance added two more members and three seats on Thursday, but it still appears short of the 376 votes needed from the 750-member bicameral legislature to vote in a prime minister to form a government.