Prayut: No problem for coalition despite fierce by-elections

Prayut: No problem for coalition despite fierce by-elections

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha sees no conflict within the coalition government arising out of Sunday's by-elections in Chumphon and Songkhla provinces, in which the Democrat Party comfortably retained both seats.

Two leading government parties, Palang Pracharath and Democrat, exchanged fierce accusations during the campaign rallies, sparking fears they would not be able to reconcile.

"There should not be any problems. All elections are like this - with rival parties appearing to be in deep conflict. But all parties in the coalition must eventually work together for the people, no matter what.

"Election campaigns are usually very fierce. I would simply congratulate whoever is the winner," Gen Prayut said.

The government already had a heavy workload and there was no room for any conflict, he added.

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