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Thai election

Thai pro-junta party promises 6% growth, leader says

Uttama shows confidence ahead of elections but keeps door open for coalition

Uttama Savanayana tells the Nikkei Asian Review that his Palang Pracharat Party "would work with parties that ... would [not] damage the country." (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

BANGKOK -- The leader of the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party expressed confidence that his camp's plan to nurture agricultural technologies, more varied tourism and a healthy startup ecosystem will stoke economic growth of 6% per year, considerably higher than Thailand's recent GDP figures.

In discussing his party's electoral chances in his first interview as the leader with foreign media, Uttama Savanayana said the PPRP has to fare well enough in elections on March 24 that it is able to bring back junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister. Uttama told the Nikkei Asian Review the party is open to forming a post-election coalition with any party.

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