Thai election body advises disqualifying major party leader

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Thailand’s Election Commission has recommended the leader of major political party opposed to military rule from taking his seat in the soon-to-be-convened parliament because he is accused of violating electoral rules by holding shares in a media company.

The commission announced Thursday that it had judged that Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of the Future Forward party had violated the law and was passing its findings to the Constitutional Court for a ruling.

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Future Forward stressed its opposition to military interference in politics ahead of its surprise third place finish in the March 24 general election.

The military-backed Palang Pracharath party is tipped to lead a government formed in the next few weeks and headed by Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has served as prime minister since seizing power in a 2014 army coup.

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