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Junta keeps an eye on young political movement

Junta keeps an eye on young political movement

WEDNESDAY, March 07, 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Wednesday that the junta is keeping any eye on moves made by “a young generation” group posed to emerge as the third option in Thai politics.

The Election Commission late last week opened for the pre-registration of new political parties, with more than 40 groups having applied to set up political parties to contest the next general election.
One of the most talked-about aspiring new parties is one reportedly to be co-founded and supported by wealthy young businessman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, executive vice president of Thai Summit Group, the auto-parts manufacturing giant owned by his family.
The group has yet to register a new party with the EC, but it has been seen to be active on social media.
Wissanu said if a line were crossed, warnings would be sent out against ongoing social media moves deemed to be part of political campaigns by the group. Invitations for “talks” would follow if they committed any act beyond such social media activities, the government’s legal adviser added.
On Monday, Thanathorn gave another interview on Facebook Live, discussing the young generation and the future of politics.