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Monday, December 24, 2007

Thai parties in coalition talks

Mr Samak (C) talks to the media on Sunday 23 December
Mr Samak said that Mr Thaksin had congratulated him
Rival political parties in Thailand have begun what could be protracted negotiations to form a coalition government after the general election.

The People Power Party (PPP), allied to ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, has won most seats but lacks an absolute majority.

The next three biggest parties have ruled out joining the PPP in a coalition for the time being.

Analysts say the result highlights a rejection by rural voters of the 2006 military coup which ousted Mr Thaksin.

Full official results from Sunday's poll are due later on Monday but indications are the PPP has won 228 seats in the 480-seat house.