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Democracy advocate Sombat launches ‘Troll’ party

Mar 21. 2018
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By THE NATION

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PRO-DEMOCRACY activist Sombat Boonngamanong yesterday submitted to the Election Commission (EC) documents regarding pre-registration of a new party he named as “Krian”, or “clean-cut” in English, while expressing his opposition to an “outsider” prime minister.“outsider” prime minister.

Although a slang meaning of the word krian is “troll”, Sombat said he had checked a dictionary to ensure that the party’s name would not violate the political party law that bars names deemed to pose threats to the democratic regime under the monarchy.

The activist said his party would not back an outsider or non-elected MP as premier, which is allowed under the charter with a condition that the parliament fails to pick a prime minister through its normal processes.

Sombat said his party would work to become a party of the masses, in which people could participate to develop public policies.

He said its support base might overlap with that of the Future Forward party of car-parts billionaire Thanathorn Juang-roongruangkit, although he believed that would only be the part comprising the younger generation. His party, he said, was open for all to join and to help figure out sound policies.

So far, according to a survey on social media, more than 500 people had expressed interest in joining his party, he claimed.

Earlier yesterday, Sombat met former EC member Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, who was sacked under junta chief Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s special powers on Tuesday. He said Somchai had warned him about the party’s name, telling him to make sure that it would not violate the political party law.

Sombat also offered Somchai the chance to become a party member, but he declined to join.

 

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