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PPP forms six-party coalition government


January 20, 2008

PPP forms six-party coalition government

Thailand's People's Power Party, which won most parliamentary votes in the December 23 election, announced on Saturday the formation of a coalition government with five smaller parties.

The five parties are Chart Thai, Matchima Thipataya, Pracharaj, Puea Paendin and Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana. The announcement came after the Supreme Court considered and then threw out all legal challenges which could have prevented a PPP government. Democrat Party is left alone in the opposition bloc.

PPP leader Samak Sundaravej said the coalition represented 315 of the 480 elected MPs, adding that would be strong enough to make a stable government. The cabinet, including Thailand’s 25th prime minister, is expected to be announced next week.

There have been speculations that Mr Samak may be sidelined in his quest to be prime minister. Local media have meanwhile been focusing on the return of exiled ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and the role he will likely to play in Thai politics.

Courtesy Agencies

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