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Ousted leader's party to govern

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January 20, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A party backed by Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced that it would form a government with a coalition of six parties, a move that would be a blow to the generals who staged a coup in 2006 to oust Thaksin.

The broad coalition led by the pro-Thaksin People Power Party will hold more than 300 of the 480 seats in the lower house of parliament, party leader Samak Sundaravej said.

Samak is expected to become prime minister.

The government will be officially installed after the parliament convenes Monday.

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