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Thai Pro-Military Party Closer to Sealing Ruling Coalition

  • Key swing party Bhum Jai Thai joins Palang Pracharath bloc
  • Pro-military alliance would at best have a slim majority
Uttama Savanayana, second left, speaks during a news conference at the military-backed party's headquarters in March.

Uttama Savanayana, second left, speaks during a news conference at the military-backed party's headquarters in March.

Photographer: Nicolas Axelrod/Bloomberg
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A pro-military party in Thailand won the backing of a key swing party, taking it closer to forming a coalition government with a slim majority after March’s disputed election.

The swing party, Bhum Jai Thai, will start discussing the details of the alliance immediately, its leader Anutin Charnvirakul said in a joint briefing Monday with the pro-military Palang Pracharath party. The bloc will have stability, Anutin said.