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Pheu Thai to ask Chart Thai Pattana to join coalition


AFTER a meeting of the eight parties in a coalition now led by Pheu Thai Party this afternoon (July 21) this camp’s leader Chonlanan Srikaew said in order to get enough votes for prime minister Chart Thai Pattana Party will be invited to join in, Matichon newspaper said.

He added that this party, with 10 MPs, is the easiest to talk to.

Other parties have raised the condition that amendment to the draconian lese majeste law, better known as Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which is Move Forward Party’s campaign platform, not be supported.

This makes it difficult to work things out but problems have to be solved, he said.

At today’s meeting of the eight coalition partners two agreements were reached.

The first is that Pheu Thai selects a suitable candidate for prime minister from its list with Move Forward nominating the chosen person at the next joint House/senate meeting taking place on July 27.

The partners also agreed to get additional support from senators with Pheu Thai party-list MP Suriya Jungrungruangkit to negotiate with them.

Should the senators raise their opposition to amending Section 112 as being the barrier they will be asked whether they could ease their standpoint with Move Forward Party to be told of the outcome.

If senators absolutely refuse to support the coalition Pheu Thai has a free hand to negotiate with other political parties to join in.


Top: A group photo of the leaders and representatives of the eight parties in a coalition now led by Pheu Thai at today’s meeting. Photo: Thai Rath

Front Page: Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew. Photo: Matichon

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