Thai election body clears way to open Parliament

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Posted: Jul 27, 2011 10:57 AM
Thai election body clears way to open Parliament

Thailand's Election Commission has certified enough winners of this month's election for the new Parliament to convene on schedule.

Commission Secretary-General Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn announced the endorsements of 94 election winners Wednesday. That brings the total to 496 certified winners of the 500 seats in the lower house.

At least 95 percent of seats must be certified for Parliament to convene, and it is scheduled to open next Monday.

The opposition Pheu Thai Party won a 265-seat majority in the July 3 election and says it will form a coalition government with 300 seats.

Party leader Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to be elected prime minister soon after Parliament convenes. She is the sister of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.