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Thailand court dissolves opposition Future Forward

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 21, 2020
Thailand's Constitutional Court today ordered the disbandment of the Future Forward Party, the country's second largest opposition group, ruling that it illegally accepted funds from its founder.
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
Life in Thailand   Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
Sixteen executive members, of which 11 are parliamentarians, will be banned from running for office or being involved in a new party for 10 years.

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The party announced that it will accept the verdict.

Opponents of Thailand's pro military government see the decision as a blow to their efforts to restore the country to full democracy. Critics have sounded the alarm over a clampdown on the opposition by the pro-military government.

Political parties in Thailand are legally barred from accepting cash donations, properties or any other benefits of more than 10 million baht ($320,000) from any one individual. The party's 41 year-old leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, pumped 191 million baht into Future Forward to fund its general election campaign last March. A petition filed by the Election Commission of Thailand called the funding a donation. Thanathorn insisted it was a loan. The court judged that it was an illegal "benefit," as the loan had a very low interest rate.