Pita Limjaroenrat, Move Forward leader poses with members of parliament before Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn inaugurates the opening of parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, July 3, 2023. Thai Parliament/Handout via REUTERS

Bangkok, 4 July

Thai King Maha Vijiralongkorn inaugurated the opening of parliament on 3 July, while the progressive Move Forward party that won the majority votes in May this year is working for the formation of their new government,

After the victory in the general election, the Move Forward party made alliance with populist Pheu Thai party, while their opposition parties have allied with royalist military that has controlled government since 2014 coup.

However, until 3 July morning, the Move Forward and the Pheu Thai parties have not agreed on the position of House of Speaker which play crucial role in determining the passage of flagship legislation and timing of key votes.

MP of Pheu Thai party Sutin Klungsang said to the reporters that they could conclude the appoint of speaker on 4 July, and will not look down the public.

The speaker is expected to table a joint session of parliament to decide on a prime minister, that requires the votes of more than half of the 750 members of the bicameral legislature.

The alliance is backing Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat to become premier and he needs 376 votes to secure the post, including 312 seats he has already secured at present.

Moreover, he will also need more votes from either rival parties or members of a conservative-learning Senate that was appointed under the military and has previously locked horns with Move Forward over some of its policies.

However, Pita has said last week that he has secured enough support in the Senate.

Ref: Reuters

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