Thailand’s opposition party unveils policies and candidates

PATHUM THANI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand’s main opposition party has paraded its slate of parliamentary candidates and outlined its policy pledges in a well-choreographed show of confidence ahead of the general election. Several thousand supporters clad in red cheered and waved banners as the 400 candidates of the Pheu Thai party marched Friday behind flag-bearers into an indoor university stadium on the outskirts of Bangkok, where they took their seats on stage. Current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to dissolve Parliament on Monday, shortly before its term expires, triggering polls likely to be scheduled for early May. Pheu Thai is closely linked to Thaksin Shinawatra, a telecommunications tycoon-turned-politician ousted as prime minister by a military coup in 2006.