Thai court disqualifies rising opposition party leader as MP

21-Nov-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday disqualified the leader of an opposition party and fierce government critic from parliament after finding him guilty of violating election law.

Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit, 40, the leader of the Future Forward Party, was found guilty of holding shares in a media company after registering his candidacy for an election earlier this year to formally end five years of military rule.

Thanathorn is a strong opponent of the army’s role in politics and his new party came in a surprise third in the March election.

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party, speaks during a news conference at the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand June 5, 2019. (REUTERS)

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party, speaks during a news conference at the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand June 5, 2019. (REUTERS)

Future Forward is part of an opposition alliance that disputed the vote count and accused the army of writing the electoral rules to ensure that prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former military junta leader, would remain in power.

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