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Thai election

Thailand's pro-junta party avoids deadlock with coalition majority

Prayuth set to return as prime minister after alliance secures lower house

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is set to return to power, more than two months after the general election.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's pro-junta coalition on Tuesday secured a narrow majority in the lower house of parliament, avoiding a political deadlock by persuading two mid-size parties to join it.

The Democrat Party said it will join the pro-junta camp led by the Palang Pracharat Party, a move that paves the way for a vote in parliament on Wednesday that would keep Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in office and allow him to form a government. The Democrats won 53 out of 500 seats in the lower house, including one additional party-list seat that was awarded by the Election Commission of Thailand on May 28.

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