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Thailand's opposition form alliance, claiming lower house majority



BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand's Pheu Thai party said on Wednesday that it had formed a "democratic front" with six other parties following a controversial election, arguing that the opposition alliance had won a majority in Parliament's lower parliament and the right to Try to form a government.

Sudarat Keyuraphan, Pheu Thai Party Prime Minister (L), Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Head of Future Forward Party (2L), and leaders of other parties agree at a press conference to form a "democratic front" in Bangkok, Thailand, the March 27, 2019. REUTERS / Athit Perawongmetha

However, the coalition is unlikely to exceed the election of a prime minister, requiring a combined vote with the parliament's top parliament, the Senate, appointed exclusively by the military junta, overthrowing a elected Pheu Thai government in 2014 .

The result of the election remains in doubt, with unofficial results delayed until at least Friday and allegations of voting and irregularities in the ballot.

Partial results still suggest that the pro-army Palang Pracharat party would have enough votes to hold junta leading Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister.

But a majority of opposition alliances in the lower house, the House of Representatives, could lead to death attacks.

Pheu Thai Prime Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan told a press conference that the opposition alliance, along with the other parties, would win at least 255 lower households, based on calculations drawn from partial results.

"The parties in the democratic front got the most confidence from the people. Even though the numbers are still moving, we are confident that we will have at least 255 seats among ourselves," told Sudarat journalists and added that they were also in talks with other parties.

"We declare that the democratic front facing military rule imposes the majority in Parliament."

Pheu Theses General Secretary, Phumtham Wechayachai, told reporters that the democratic front now includes the Future Forward Party, Pheu Chart, Prachachart, Seri Ruam Thai, Thai People Power and New Economy.

The pro-military Palang Pracharat party, which has won 97 lower seats, has also claimed the right to form the next government because of its lead on Pheu Thai in the popular voices.

Editing by Kay Johnson and Simon Cameron-Moore

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