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Thai election

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

Pro-democracy coalition's breakup puts Thailand election winner into opposition

Pheu Thai leader Cholnan Srikaew, center, speaks during a news conference in Bangkok on Aug. 2. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- 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 has consulted with Move Forward to withdraw from the coalition, form a new governing coalition and nominate Srettha Thavisin for prime minister," the leader of Pheu Thai, Cholnan Srikaew, said at a news conference in Bangkok.

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