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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Bangkok News

Claims of a deal between Pheu Thai and Bhumjaithai is refuted

Media rumors about the Pheu Thai Party’s intention to negotiate with Bhumjaithai, the third largest party, to form a coalition government have been refuted by the former.

Sutin Klungsang, the Deputy Leader of Pheu Thai, emphasized that these speculations are baseless and were already denied in their post-election declaration. He further stated that executing such a plan would be unacceptable to the public.

Mr. Sutin stated that Pheu Thai desires to collaborate with a party that is recognized as having the authority to govern the upcoming administration. He was referring to the Move Forward Party (MFP), which secured the most seats in Sunday’s election. The MFP has reached out to Pheu Thai to explore the possibility of forming a coalition.

According to Mr. Sutin, the formation of the new government is expected to occur within the next 30 days, and it should be fully operational in approximately two months. Additionally, he dismissed Senator Wanchai Sornsiri’s comment suggesting that the largest party could end up in the opposition if it fails to garner sufficient support from other parties to establish a government.

While technically possible for a coalition supporting the largest party to fall short, in a democracy, MPs and senators should respect the people’s mandate in electing a prime minister for parliament, according to Mr. Sutin. He added that we should learn from the previous election.

In the 2019 election, Pheu Thai won the most MP seats, but the Palang Pracharath Party successfully established a coalition government with Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha returning as prime minister. However, Mr. Sutin noted that it would be “another story” if the largest party attempted to form a government but still could not gather enough support from other parties.

In the meantime, Bhumjaithai released a statement on Tuesday stating their commitment to allowing the largest party to form a coalition government. The statement also refuted media reports that party leader Anutin Charnvirakul had given an interview to reporters regarding the government’s formation.