Future Forward Party

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Future Forward Party

พรรคอนาคตใหม่
LeaderThanathorn Juangroongruangkit
Secretary-GeneralPiyabutr Saengkanokkul
Founded15 March 2018; 22 months ago (2018-03-15)
HeadquartersBangkok, Thailand
Youth wingNew Gen Network (NGN)[1]
Membership (Jan 2019)50,000[2]
IdeologyProgressivism[3][4]
Social democracy[5][6][7]
Anti-militarism[8]
Political positionCentre-left[9][10][11][12]
International affiliationProgressive Alliance (guest since 2018)[13]
Colours     Orange
SloganThe Future we aspire to is the future where the ultimate power truly belongs to the people
(Thai: อนาคตใหม่คืออนาคตที่อำนาจสูงสุดเป็นของประชาชน)
Campaign slogan: Elevated and Equal Thailand[14]
(Thai: ไทย 2 เท่า)[15]
House of Representatives
76 / 500
Website
https://en.futureforwardparty.org/

The Future Forward Party[16] (Thai: พรรคอนาคตใหม่, RTGSPhak Anakhot Mai, pronounced [pʰák ʔā.nāː.kʰót màj]; literally "New Future Party") is a political party in Thailand founded in March 2018[17] by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, former Vice President of Thai Summit Group, and Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, legal scholar.[18][19] It was founded on a progressive platform that seeks to restrain the military's power in Thai politics, decentralize the bureaucratic system, and improve social and economic equality.[20][21]

History[edit]

In September 2018, the Future Forward Party was officially recognized by the Election Commission; allowing the party to start registering members and fundraise.[22]

In the 2019 election, the party won 30 constituency MPs and 50 party-list MPs, including Thanathorn and Piyabutr, a result significantly better than had been expected for a newcomer party.[23] It also later gained an additional seat from a by-election in Chiang Mai, giving a total of 81 seats.[24]

Following the election, the party has faced various legal challenges, which party leader Thanathorn says are politically motivated.[25] Thanathorn was accused of violating election law by the Election Commission, resulting in the Constitutional Court temporarily suspending his MP status until a ruling was reached.[26] Despite this, Future Forward and six allied anti-junta parties nominated Thanathorn as a candidate for prime minister, but lost to incumbent prime minister and junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha.[27] Thanathorn was ultimately disqualified by the Constitutional Court.[28] One prominent case against the party, which the Constitutional Court accepted in July 2019, alleged that it sought to overthrow the monarchy, with one of the given reasons being the resemblance between the party's triangular symbol and that of the Illuminati, which commentators characterized as "bizarre".[29][30] The case was dismissed in January 2020.[31]

On 16 December 2019, the party's executives and MPs voted to expel four MPs who had consistently voted against the party line, bringing its total down to 76 MPs.[32]

Founding members[edit]

Party leadership[edit]

Future Forward's executive committees was elected in a vote during the party's first official meeting in May 2018.[22][35]

Position Name Term
Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit 27 May 2018 - Present
Secretary-General Piyabutr Saengkanokkul
Deputy leader Kunthida Rungruengkiat
Chamnan Chanruang
LTG Pongskorn Rodchompoo
Ronnawit Lorlertsoonthorn
Spokesperson Pannika Wanich
Registrar Klaikong Vaidhyakarn
Treasurer Nitipat Taemphairojana
Executive Committee

(Labour Network)

Sunthon Bunyod
Executive Committee
(New Gen Network – NGN)
Position vacant 29 November 2018 - Present
27 May 2018 - 29 November 2018 (Wipaphan Wongsawang; resigned[36])
Executive Committee (North) Yaowalux Wongpraparat 27 May 2018 - Present
Executive Committee (Central) Surachai Srisaracam
Executive Committee (South) Janevit Kraisin
Executive Committee (Northeast) Chan Phakdisri
Executive Committee Jaruwan Sarunyagate
Niraman Sulaiman

Election results[edit]

Election Total seats won Popular vote Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
2019
81 / 500
6,265,950 17.63% Opposition Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://futureforwardparty.org/about-fwp/our-networks/ngn
  2. ^ "Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit - ธนาธร จึงรุ่งเรืองกิจ". Facebook.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ Kaweewit Kaewjinda (15 March 2018). "Thai billionaire registers new progressive political party". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. ^ Saksith Saiyasombut (15 March 2018). "Thai billionaire forms new political party to woo younger voters". Channel News Asia.
  5. ^ ไทยรัฐฉบับพิมพ์ (2 May 2018). "สู้ด้วยแนวคิดที่เหนือกว่า". thairath. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  6. ^ "A conversation with Thanathorn, Future Forward Party founder". newmandala. 2 May 2018. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Isaan's future: Thanathorn on moving the region forward". isaanrecord. 2 May 2018. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  8. ^ Kaweewit Kaewjinda (27 March 2019). "Thai anti-military parties say they have seats to form govt". AP.
  9. ^ Nadia Chevroulet (n.d.). "The Future Forward Party: Thailand's 'new hope'?". Asia News Network.
  10. ^ "ทิ้งระเบิดใส่อนาคตใหม่!'เจียม'บีบหัวใจชง'ล้างม.112'เป็นนโยบายพรรค ถ้าไม่ได้อย่าอ้างเป็นฝ่ายซ้าย". Thaipost.net. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  11. ^ "เอาให้ชัด! ทางเดิน "สองหนุ่ม" พรรคซ้ายหรือพรรคชิน?". Komchadluek.net. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  12. ^ "La Thaïlande insoumise est en marche". Libération.fr. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "Thailand 2 Es: Elevated and Equal – Future Forward Party". Futureforwardparty.org. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  15. ^ "ได้เวลาอนาคตใหม่ เปิดวิสัยทัศน์ "อนาคตใหม่ ไทย 2 เท่า" « Future Forward Party พรรคอนาคตใหม่". Futureforwardparty.org. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  16. ^ Pravit Rojanaphruk (15 March 2018). "Thanathorn unveils 'Future Forward Party,' pledges fresh beginning". Khaosod English.
  17. ^ "ธนาธร-ปิยบุตร ตั้งพรรค "อนาคตใหม่" ประกาศไม่รับทุกส่วนประกอบ "อประชาธิปไตย"". Bbc.com. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  18. ^ Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Chayut Setboonsarng (15 March 2018). "Thai auto heir launches new party, promises to heal political rift". Reuters.
  19. ^ "Thai billionaire registers new progressive political party". Mainichi. 15 March 2018. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Thai regime spooked by Thanathorn and his angry young supporters". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Future Forward unveils policies designed to change Thailand". www.thaipbsworld.com. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  22. ^ a b "Future Forward Party – Future Forward Party". Futureforwardparty.org. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Future Forward Party shows it is a force to be reckoned with". The Straits Times. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Future Forward Party wins new Chiang Mai election". Bangkok Post. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  25. ^ Techakitteranun, Hathai (12 December 2019). "Thai Future Forward party faces dissolution over loan from leader". The Straits Times. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Court suspends Thanathorn from MP". Bangkok Post. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  27. ^ "Military government chief Prayuth Chan-ocha elected Thai PM". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  28. ^ "Thai court disqualifies opposition leader Thanathorn as MP". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  29. ^ "Monarchy and Illuminati: why a Thai party may be banned". Reuters. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  30. ^ Achakulwisut, Atiya (6 August 2019). "FFP 'Illuminati' charge based on unjustified fear". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  31. ^ "ไม่ยุบอนาคตใหม่ ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญ ยกคำร้อง ล้มล้างการปกครอง" [Future Forward not dissolved: Constitutional Court dismisses sedition charges]. Prachachat (in Thai). 21 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  32. ^ "Future Forward officially sacks 4 MPs". Bangkok Post. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  33. ^ a b c d e f Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj (15 March 2018). "Thailand's new billionaire-led political party is full of hipsters and activists". BK Daily.
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h Wasamon Audjarint (16 March 2018). "'Progressive' new party takes a step forward". The Nation.
  35. ^ "Our Team – Future Forward Party". Futureforwardparty.org. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  36. ^ "Future Forward Fires Youth Wing Leaders Over Alleged Fund Misuse". Khaosod English. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.

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