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Thai election

Thailand's Pita transfers controversial media shares

Move Forward coalition sets up working groups on corruption and other issues

Pita Limjaroenrat and other leaders hold a news conference at coalition partner Pheu Thai's headquarters in Bangkok on June 6. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

BANGKOK -- Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat said Tuesday he has transferred shares in a defunct media company in an effort to quash an electoral complaint that could jeopardize his chances of forming Thailand's next government.

Move Forward won 151 seats in a general election on May 14, putting it in pole position to form Thailand's next government in coalition with seven other pro-democracy parties. But days before the election, conservative activist Ruangkrai Leekitwattana filed a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) to disqualify Pita for failing to declare the media shares when he first ran for parliament in 2019.

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