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Eight-Party Alliance Backs Pita Limjaroenrat for Prime Minister Despite Initial Defeat

An eight-party alliance seeking to form Thailand’s next government reaffirmed its backing for Pita Limjaroenrat to become prime minister, Pita said on Monday, despite his defeat last week in a parliamentary vote.

The 42-year-old Pita, leader of the Move Forward Party – the surprise winner of a May 14 general election – failed in his initial bid to win the requisite support of more than half of the combined lower and upper houses.

The legislature will hold another vote on Wednesday (19 July).

After a meeting with the alliance, Pita said his re-nomination for prime minister could not be blocked by the Senate.

He also said his candidacy should not be affected by a complaint against him that was filed to the Constitutional Court.

However, Pita added that if he failed again, he would “step aside” and let Move Forward’s ally, the Pheu Thai party, “take action” and try to be the manager of the next cabinet.

Over the weekend, he raised the prospect of a political ally leading the new government if he failed to become prime minister.

Pheu Thai won the second-largest share of votes in May’s election. One of its prime ministerial candidates, real estate magnate Srettha Thavisin, could be nominated for the next leader in the third vote for prime minister, if any.

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