March 25, 2019 / 8:27 AM / a month ago

Thailand's Thaksin-linked party says aims to form coalition government

Live results are reflected in glasses of a supporter of Pheu Thai Party during the general election in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Pheu Thai party linked to Thailand’s self-exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra said on Monday that it had opened negotiations with other anti-junta parties to try to form a government, though the results of Sunday’s general election remain unclear.

“The formation of this government must answer to the will of the people and move the country towards a more democratic direction,” Sudarat Keyuraphan, the party’s candidate for prime minister told a news conference.

Only partial results have been announced from Sunday’s poll, the country’s first since a 2014 military coup, and a clear picture is unlikely to emerge before Friday.

Phumtham Wechayachai, Pheu Thai’s secretary-general‎, said the votes cast for anti-junta parties showed a desire to return to democratic rule and that must be respected.

“From today, we will start negotiating with other parties (to form a government),” he told the news conference.

Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by SImon Cameron-Moore

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