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Thailand’s Pheu Thai forms coalition with former foes to end political deadlock

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Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party, the main opposition force in the country, announced on Monday that it has formed a coalition with 11 other parties, including some that were previously aligned with the military-backed government, to end the political deadlock that has gripped the nation since the May 14 election.

The coalition, which claims to have 314 seats in the 500-member lower house of parliament, said it will nominate Srettha Thavisin, a billionaire property tycoon and a newcomer to politics, as the next prime minister in a parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday. Srettha will need at least 375 votes from both houses of parliament to be endorsed as the new leader and form the next government.

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