News Analysis

Dark clouds loom over surprise Thai election winner

Pheu Thai Party's prime ministerial candidate Sudarat Keyuraphan (seated, second from left), Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (seated, centre) and leaders of other parties attend a news conference to form a "democratic front" in Bangkok on March 27, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK - One of the surprise winners in Thailand's election on March 24 is now under siege, fighting off criminal charges and allegations that it is hostile to the monarchy. What happens next could fundamentally alter the political equation.

Promising a fresh start from the Kingdom's polarised politics, the youthful Future Forward Party, set up just one year ago, won over six million votes nationwide, putting it in third place behind the former ruling Pheu Thai and pro-junta Palang Pracharath.

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