Move Forward Party (MFP)’s prime ministerial candidate Pita Limjaroenrat on Thursday officially announced the formation of a coalition government composed of 8 parties with 313 MPs.
The historical press conference was held at the Okura Prestige Hotel in Bangkok on Thursday, May 18th, 2023.
Two small parties, Palang Sangkhom Mai (New Social Power) and Pheu Thai Ruam Phalang, with three more MPs, have joined the alliance with Move Forward, making it now an 8-party coalition.
The alliance now has 313 seats but will need 376 votes, or 63 more votes, to enable Pita Limjaroenrat, leader and PM candidate for Move Forward, to become PM, without relying on the 250 senators’ votes.
During the press conference, Pita reiterated his unchanged position on the amendment of the lese majeste law but declined to provide further details on how he plans to pursue it. He stated that his party had already thoroughly discussed and clarified their stance on this matter in multiple previous debates and that it was not appropriate to do so at a press conference.
Meanwhile, Pheu Thai party leader Chonlanan Srikaew once again firmly denied a rumor that the Pheu Thai Party would try to form a coalition in competition against the election winner. He confirmed that his party was fully in support of Pita to become the country’s 30th premier and that his party would discuss with Move Forward further about what in the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is acceptable, should be altered,or unacceptable including the lese majeste law.
The 8-party alliance will enter into an MOU on May 22th. Additional details regarding the conditions will be disclosed on this day.