Keeping faith in the elusive Thai election

While many opposition supporters sat out the Cambodian polls, political parties are sprouting in Thailand, despite all odds

During a recent chat with a political aspirant in Bangkok, we talked about the difficulties she faced while trying to muster the paperwork to register a new political party.

"Do people ask you to merge your party with the Future Forward Party?" I broached, trying not to discourage her while mentioning the group led by Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the dashing tycoon-turned-politician who has vowed to send the military back to its barracks in this coup-prone kingdom.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Keeping faith in the elusive Thai election'. Print Edition | Subscribe