'Billionaire peasant' ready to be next Thai PM

Tycoon Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (centre) and Thammasat University law lecturer Piyabutr Saengkanokkul (right) hope to lead Future Forward in elections slated for next February.
Tycoon Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (centre) and Thammasat University law lecturer Piyabutr Saengkanokkul (right) hope to lead Future Forward in elections slated for next February.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/THANATHORN JUANGROONRUANGKIT

Fresh from being elected as the leader of the new Future Forward party, car parts tycoon Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said he was ready to be the next prime minister of Thailand.

Mr Thanathorn, 39, whose nickname is "billionaire peasant", has been outspoken against the military coup, and co-founded Future Forward in March with Thammasat University law lecturer Piyabutr Saengkanokkul.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline ''Billionaire peasant' ready to be next Thai PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe