Thai poll winner party says it can form coalition

By Xinhua

Bangkok : The People Power Party (PPP), which secured the highest number of seats in Thailand’s first post-coup general elections Sunday, said Monday it is in a position to form a coalition government.

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PPP secretary-general Surapong Suebwonglee said Monday that the PPP would ally with some other parties to reach 280 to 290 seats, which will be enough for it to form a coalition government.

He said the PPP would not reveal the names of the parties, but would rather wait until the voting results are confirmed by the Election Commission (EC) after Jan 3.

The EC will issue yellow or red cards later which can disqualify some winning candidates on electoral cheating allegations, which might alter the parties’ positions, said Surapong.

Initial election results showed that the PPP won 228 seats out of a total of 480 seats in the House of Representatives in Sunday’s elections, while the Democrat Party, Thailand’s oldest political party, won 166 seats.

They were followed by Chart Thai Party with 39 seats and the Puea Pandin Party was at fourth place with 26 seats.