Thai opposition figure urges holdout parties to support election winner
- Reuters · May 16, 2023
An opposition leader in Thailand on Tuesday urged holdout parties to join an alliance with election winners to block defeated military-backed parties from forming a minority government.
The progressive Move Forward Party staked a claim as the new force in Thai politics on Sunday, winning most seats in a general election, including in some conservative strongholds, and coming within just four votes of a clean sweep of the capital, Bangkok.
Move Forward was closely followed by another opposition party, which before the vote had been tipped to win, the populist Pheu Thai, in a stunning rout of conservative parties that was widely interpreted as a rejection of nearly a decade of military-backed government.
The two parties agreed on Monday to form a ruling coalition of six parties, which together will have 310 of the 500 seats in the lower House…