Thailand faces political deadlock after historic polls

Senators' PM vote the key as party rivalries mean forming a coalition will be difficult

Thailand is heading towards a dreadful political deadlock, with the general election this Sunday looking certain to produce an inconclusive outcome.

None of the top three parties is strong enough to win a majority of seats in the 500-member House of Representatives. Yet none wants to join a coalition government led by either of its two rivals, and play second fiddle, because the premiership is at stake.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'Thailand faces political deadlock after historic polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe