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Turbulent Thailand

Thai ruling coalition on shaky ground after party defection

Prayuth government hangs onto slim majority with loss of Thai Civilized Party

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is under pressure as his coalition begins to fracture.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's pro-military ruling coalition lost a minority partner Tuesday, putting the Prayuth government's slim majority at risk less than a month after the cabinet was sworn in.

The Thai Civilized Party holds just one of the 500 seats in the lower house. But even that loss is a blow to the coalition's narrow majority, and there are indications other dissatisfied parties could follow suit and leave Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's bloc.

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