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Thai election

Thailand's anti-junta allies see lower house majority within reach

Still-unaligned Democrats and Bhumjaithai poised to tilt balance

From left: Sudarat Keyuraphan, the Pheu Thai Party's prime ministerial candidate, and Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party, tell the media about their "democratic front" in Bangkok on March 27. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's Pheu Thai Party on Wednesday announced it has formed an anti-junta coalition with six other parties, including billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit's Future Forward, with the parties claiming they have enough seats for a majority in the lower house.

"Seven parties will join together to stop [the junta] from remaining in power," Sudarat Keyuraphan, Pheu Thai's prime ministerial candidate, told reporters. She said she hopes other parties will join the coalition, which is loosely aligned with exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

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