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Thaksin Shinawatra predicts election win for Pheu Thai party he backs

Exclusive Nikkei Asia interview in Tokyo with former Thai prime minister

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra spoke exclusively with Nikkei Asia in Tokyo early on March 24. (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- Thaksin Shinawatra, the Thai prime minister ousted by the military in 2006 who has lived in self-exile since 2008, said that he expects Thailand to have a coalition government after the May 14 general election even if the largest opposition Pheu Thai Party wins a majority in the lower house.

"I believe it will be a coalition government, definitely," Thaksin told Nikkei Asia in an exclusive interview in Tokyo, adding that he is confident Pheu Thai will win at least 250 seats in the 500-seat chamber.

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