Title: Thailand’s Progressive Party Excluded from Coalition; Political Standoffs Continue
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MCcreary County Record – In a surprising turn of events, Thailand’s progressive political party, Move Forward, has been excluded from a coalition aimed at forming the country’s next government. Despite winning the most seats in Thailand’s general election, the party faced challenges due to the military-enacted constitution and lack of support from senators.
Move Forward’s leader, Pita Limjaroenrat, recently failed in two attempts to become the new prime minister. This was primarily due to a lack of support from senators, who were appointed by the previous military government. Under the current constitution, presenting a new prime minister requires a majority vote from both the elected House and the Senate.
The exclusion of Move Forward has left Parliament with the difficult task of selecting a successor to the current prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, who came to power through a 2014 coup. Parliament is scheduled to convene on Friday for a third attempt at selecting a new leader.
On Thursday, the Constitutional Court is set to meet and decide whether to accept a petition from the state ombudsman that seeks a ruling on the constitutionality of Parliament’s rejection of Pita Limjaroenrat’s renomination.
In response to being excluded, Move Forward has passed off the lead in forming a new government to the populist Pheu Thai party. Pheu Thai aims to form a coalition without Move Forward and nominate real estate tycoon Srettha Thavisin for the role of prime minister. However, Move Forward’s stances on monarchy reform and reducing the influence of the military and big business monopolies pose significant hurdles for the coalition in gathering enough votes in Parliament.
In an attempt to rectify the situation, Move Forward has filed a petition in Parliament seeking to amend the constitution. The party hopes to eliminate the Senate’s ability to veto prime ministerial candidates, thus enabling a fairer and more democratic selection process.
Public frustration has heightened steadily as Parliament continues to fail in naming a new leader. This frustration has resulted in protests demanding senators cease obstructing the candidate from the eight-party coalition.
It is worth noting that Pheu Thai is affiliated with ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup. After years of self-imposed exile, Thaksin has announced his planned return on August 10, making the political situation in Thailand even more uncertain.
As the political standoffs persist, the coming days are likely to be critical in determining the new leadership and the direction Thailand will take in the near future. Pheu Thai has announced that it will disclose its new coalition partners on Thursday, and all eyes will be on the country as it navigates these challenging political waters.
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