Thai opposition says ‘not too late’ as pro-junta talks stall after elections

Pheu Thai party leader Sudarat Keyuraphan (right) speaks as secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai looks on during a press conference in Bangkok on March 27, 2019. AFP

BANGKOK – Thailand’s main opposition Pheu Thai party on Wednesday urged other parties that contested a March election to reject a coalition offer by a pro-army party seeking to keep the ruling junta chief as prime minister.

The appeal came as pro-junta Palang Pracharat’s bid to cement a coalition government faltered when at least two of its presumed allies – the pro-establishment Democrat Party and Chart Thai Pattana – expressed new reservations and conditions.

Negotiations are going on two months after the election, held nearly five years after the then-army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power from a Pheu Thai government in 2014, the second military coup in a decade. (Reuters)


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