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Thai election

Thaksin-backed opposition eyes coalition with Thai ruling party

Pheu Thai seen likely to fall short of enough seats in May election to form a government

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan of the ruling Palang Pracharath party and Paetongtarn Shinawatra of the opposition Pheu Thai Party -- a daughter of former leader Thaksin Shinawatra -- are among those in the running for prime minister. (Photos by Ken Kobayashi)

BANGKOK -- With a month to go before Thailand's general election, the leading opposition Pheu Thai Party is believed to be weighing a parliamentary alliance with the pro-military Palang Pracharath ruling party amid dim prospects of securing a victory on its own.

The May 14 vote will be Thailand's first since the military handed over power to a civilian government in 2019. It is shaping up to be a contest between pro-military parties and opposition groups calling for further democratization.

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