Thailand’s opposition forms alliance, claims lower house majority

Pheu Thai’s prime ministerial candidate Sudarat Keyuraphan, center, said an opposition alliance would form a majority in the lower house of parliament and the right to try to form a government. (Reuters)
Updated 27 March 2019

Thailand’s opposition forms alliance, claims lower house majority

  • However, the coalition would likely fall short of electing a prime minister
  • Unofficial results of Sunday’s election have been delayed until Friday

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Pheu Thai party said on Wednesday it has formed a “democratic front” with other parties after a disputed election, and claimed that the alliance’s 255 seats gave it a majority in the lower house of parliament and the right to try to form a government.
However, the coalition would likely fall short of electing a prime minister, which requires a combined vote with the upper house of parliament, the Senate, which is entirely appointed by the military junta that in 2014 overthrew an elected Pheu Thai government.
Pheu Thai’s prime ministerial candidate Sudarat Keyuraphan told a news conference that together with the other parties in the “democratic front” the opposition alliance would win 255 seats, based on calculations drawn from partial results.
Unofficial results of Sunday’s election have been delayed until Friday amid a confused vote count and allegations of fraud.


Coronavirus: India expected to surpass US as worst-hit

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Coronavirus: India expected to surpass US as worst-hit

  • Over 60 percent of the active cases are concentrated in five of India’s 28 states

NEW DELHI: India has registered 92,605 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and is expected to surpass the United States as the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks.
The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 1,133 additional deaths for a total of 86,752.
Sunday’s surge raised the country’s virus tally to over 5.4 million. India, however, also has the highest number of recovered patients in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. Its recovery rate stands at about 80 percent.
Over 60 percent of the active cases are concentrated in five of India’s 28 states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has faced scathing criticism for its handling of the pandemic amid a contracting economy that left millions jobless.