Opposition parties hold coalition talks following Thai election

In Thailand, the main opposition Move Forward Party has entered talks with five other opposition parties on forming a ruling coalition after emerging victorious in the general election.

Sunday's election saw Move Forward capture most seats in the lower house, although it failed to win a majority. The Pheu Thai Party, affiliated with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, came second.

Move Forward wants to eliminate the army's political influence in Thailand, currently led by pro-military parties. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha seized power in a coup nine years ago.

Against this backdrop, Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat met top representatives of five other opposition parties for coalition talks in Bangkok on Wednesday.

He later told reporters the discussions went smoothly, though he did not give details.

Move Forward and Pheu Thai remains far apart on some issues, including the lese-majeste law, which forbids insulting the royal family. Move Forward wants to amend that law.

It remains to be seen whether Move Forward can convince opposition parties to join hands and replace the pro-military government.