The powerful Thai military has apparently given its nod of consent to the country’s surprise election result.
The reported endorsement will be a relief to supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of an ex-prime minister ousted in a military coup in 2006.
She says she now plans to form a five-party coalition government.
“Today the Puea Thai party and the other four parties have demonstrated their intention for a common approach, to form an administration to solve the problems of the people,” she told supporters.
Observers say an absolute majority in parliament makes it hard for rivals to stop Yingluck Shinawatra becoming the country’s first woman prime minister.
The 44-year-old businesswoman is promising political and economic stability after years of unrest.