20 November 2019

“The Future Forward party is a journey...”

Democracy Monument

The Thai Constitutional Court has disqualified Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit as an MP, ruling that he violated the constitution by holding shares in a media company. Thanathorn had claimed that he sold his shares in V-Luck Media to his mother in January, and that she paid for them by cheque at that time. However, it was not until May—after this year’s election—that the cheque was cashed.

Article 98 of the constitution forbids MPs from holding shares in media companies. After the verdict, Thanathorn said: “The election on 24th March was not the only battle. The Future Forward party is a journey. It still needs to undergo many elections and importantly, I am still a prime ministerial candidate.” (It is not necessary for prime ministers to be MPs, thus Thanathorn remains eligible for nomination as PM at the next election.)

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