Pheu Thai splits from Move Forward to secure PM vote for Srettha

  • The Pheu Thai Party announced on Wednesday that it would form a new coalition that does not include the election winner, the Move Forward Party, in order to smooth the path for Pheu Thai candidate Srettha Thavisin when parliament convenes to elect a prime minister on Friday.
  • Pheu Thai said it would push for the policies agreed upon by Move Forward’s eight-party coalition, such as marriage equality, liquor liberalization, government decentralization, de-monopolization and ending compulsory military conscription.
  • On Wednesday, Move Forward supporters organized a car mob to demonstrate outside Pheu Thai’s headquarters in Bangkok. Activists burned effigies and splashed red paint on the building. Protests have remained small but persistent since Pita was simultaneously denied a second nomination by parliament and suspended as a lawmaker by the Constitutional Court on July 19.

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