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Thailand's opposition groups gather to discuss forming a partnership

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The liberal Move Forward Party, which received the most votes, is attempting to create a government as Thailand’s opposition parties, who soundly defeated their military-backed foes in last week’s election, convened for coalition negotiations on Wednesday.

Senior officials from five other parties were greeted by Move Forward head Pita Limjaroenrat at a Bangkok restaurant before being sent upstairs for private discussions.

Move Forward won the election on Sunday, defeating Pheu Thai, another opposition party, and dealing a severe blow to the establishment’s pro-military parties led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Pita said earlier this week that his alliance, which includes five additional opposition parties, will be able to hold 310 seats in the 500-member House of Representatives.

Pheu Thai, Thai Sang Thai, Prachachart, Seri Ruam Thai, and Fair parties are among the gatherings that Pita has contacted.

According to the most recent forecasts, Pheu Thai, which won the previous five general elections but was always ousted from power, won 141 seats, only 10 less than Move Forward.

To become prime minister, he must receive more than 50% of the votes cast in a joint session of a bicameral legislature, according to a military-drafted constitution. He would require votes from either the political parties in power or the 250 unelected senators who have a history of backing Prayuth and conservative forces.

As parties compete to create a government, analysts anticipate weeks to months of negotiations and deal-making.

On social media sites like Twitter on Wednesday, several Thais questioned the senate’s role in choosing the prime minister.

Senior Pheu Thai officials have pleaded with other holdouts to back a Pita premiership.

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