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Thail general election leaves country divided

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Thail general election leaves country divided


Thailand’s rival political parties have begun talks to form a coalition after Sunday’s general election failed to produce an outright winner. However voters roundly rejected last year’s military coup by backing the People Power Party of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

PPP leader Samak Sundaravej, who openly admits to being a Thaksin proxy, says he will certainly be prime minister and he’s invited smaller parties to join him.

Now living in self-imposed exile, Thaksin has welcomed the outcome. He says it may give him the chance to return home after a coalition has been formed.

However with several legal cases pending against him, Shinawatra runs the risk of being arrested if he returns unless some sort of deal is done.

The big question is whether the army is likely to stand by and let that happen.

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