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Thai court upholds election formula favoring opposition Pheu Thai

Path to majority still unclear as Prayuth mulls party change

A voter casts their ballot to vote in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok in March 2019.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's Constitutional Court said on Wednesday that the current formula for allotting parliamentary seats does not contradict the constitution, a loss for small parties aligned with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who hoped to shift the odds in the general election next year.

That would keep the threshold of votes that parties must win to around 350,000 to receive party-list seats. Only a handful of parties can muster those numbers, which means fewer competitors for 100 party-list seats, giving the advantage to popular parties like the opposition Pheu Thai.

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