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Thailand’s Opposition Movement, Ousted in Coup, Sees Chance for a Comeback

  • Pheu Thai Party sees good odds of majority when election held
  • Party official says uproar over luxury watches damaged junta
Pongthep Thepkanjana
Pongthep ThepkanjanaPhotographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Thailand’s main opposition Pheu Thai Party, whose leader was ousted by the military, said it has a good chance of performing well once the generals allow a fresh election as economic gains fail to reach poorer citizens.

Disaffection over the economy and the length of military rule will bolster the party’s support, according to Phongthep Thepkanjana, a deputy prime minister in the Pheu Thai-led administration ousted in a 2014 coup. He said the party, which is linked to exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, has a good chance of winning a majority in the lower house of parliament.