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31 December 2007 :: 17:12:16 pm 29303

PPP, Three Smaller Parties Announce Coalition GOVT Formation

BANGKOK, Dec 31 - Samak Sundaravej, leader of the People Power Party (PPP), announced Monday afternoon the formation of a coalition government together with three smaller parties with a total of 254 parliamentary seats.
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Mr. Samak announced the coalition government formation with representatives from three small parties — the Ruamjai Thai Chart Pattana, the Matchima Thipataya and the Pracharaj parties — which would command between 251 to 254 seats in the 480 seat parliament.

Figures for the combined seats would be 251 if three winning members of the PPP in Constituency 1 of the northeastern province of Buri Ram are disqualified for election fraud by the Election Commission (EC) and by-elections are held in the constituency.

The three red-carded PPP candidates will not be allowed to contest the by-elections to be held January 13.

The PPP, aligned with ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, aims to form a coalition government with 315 seats in the parliament when two parties including Chart Thai and Puea Pandin parties join it later, said Mr. Samak.

Banharn Silpa-archa, leader of Chart Thai Party, said earlier Monday he and senior executives of the Puea Pandin Party would confer and jointly announce on January 2 regarding the two parties joining the coalition government.

The Democrat Party, which came second in the poll with 165 seats, refused to join a PPP-led government.

Touching on yellow and red cards issued to elected members of parliament, especially to those members of the PPP, from the December 23 general election, Mr. Samak alleged there were attempts by a police officer involved in consideration of the charges to discredit the PPP by creating false evidence on vote-buying.

Mr. Samak urged the unidentified police officer to stop the undesirable practice which could create chaos in the country. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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