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Disbanded Future Forward Party vows to fight on

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PHOTO: Future Forward Party founders Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Piyabutr Saengkanokkul - File photo

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party (FFP), disbanded yesterday by the Constitutional Court, has vowed to continue fighting and announced the formation of “the Group of Future Forward,” which he says will continue the campaign to get Thailand back on the road to democracy.

He said leaders of the Future Forward Party have no intention of giving up their political activism despite the party being disbanded.

Apart from disbanding the party, the court banned 16 executives of the party from politics for 10 years, including Thanathorn, ending his short-lived career as a maverick politician who stunned the political landscape by placing third in a March 2019 poll, his first-ever election.

FFP secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul objected to the court’s ruling, calling the judges’ interpretation of the law “inappropriate” and accusing them of “applying double standards.”

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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