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Thanakorn’s Warning Sparks Move Forward Party’s Fight for Survival in Thai Politics

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In the landscape of Thai politics, where drama unfurls like an intricate tapestry, the tale of Thanakorn and the tempestuous journey of the Move Forward Party reads like a page out of a Shakespearean play. Picture this: a Sunday breeze carrying whispers of an inevitable dissolution, whispers that found their way to the ears of those at the helm of Move Forward, courtesy of the former chieftain of the now extinct Future Forward Party, Thanakorn.

In this political chess game, Thanakorn played his move with a warning that roared silently like a prelude to a storm: the dissolution of Move Forward wasn’t just a possibility; it was a certainty written in the stars. Like a seasoned captain bracing his crew for tempestuous seas, he urged the MPs of Move Forward to prepare their lifeboats, guiding them towards the beacon of a new party, a safe harbor in the tumultuous waters of Thai politics.

Donning the hat of a sage, Thanakorn extended an olive branch of support to the graduating executives of Move Forward, who stood at the precipice of political exile, should the party disintegrate. His words were not just encouragement; they were a clarion call for these political warriors to continue their odyssey, shepherding the remaining MPs through uncharted territories.

The saga of the Future Forward Party, which fell like a house of cards on February 21, 2020, to the mighty gavel of the Constitutional Court, marks a significant chapter in this narrative. The phoenix that rose from these ashes was Move Forward, shepherded under the vigilant eyes of Pita Limjaroenrat, a leader whose ambition to ascend to the Prime Ministership was thwarted by the unyielding wall of senators.

Fate, however, had a yet more twisted card to play. On the frosty morning of January 31, the Constitutional Court delivered a verdict that sent shockwaves through the corridors of Move Forward — a breach of the sacred charter, rooted in their audacious campaign to amend the lese majeste law, Article 112 of the Criminal Code. This tempest brought the Election Commission to the forefront, a body now armed with the mandate to petition for the party’s dissolution on grounds of violating the stringent laws governing political parties. As fate would have it, the court found the Election Commission’s initial petition too cryptic, sending them back to the drawing board with a week’s deadline to elucidate their grievances.

In a clandestine gathering that would’ve made the characters of a John le Carré novel proud, key figures of Move Forward, including Thanakorn, party leader Chaithawat Tulathon, secretary-general Apichart Sirisoonthorn, and a cohort of MPs, huddled together, not just to discuss, but to strategize. Their agenda? To orchestrate a general debate against the government, a bold move slated for early next month that whispers rebellion and bespeaks of a fight not just for survival, but for resurgence.

So here we are, spectators to a saga that merges the essence of power plays, the unpredictability of Thai politics, and the indomitable spirit of a party that refuses to go gently into that good night. As the chapters unfold, one can’t help but marvel at the resilience, the fight, and the strategies that define the tumultuous voyage of Move Forward. A tale of audacity, of battles fought in the hallowed halls of law and the court of public opinion, a narrative that is far from its denouement. And as the drama continues to unravel, one thing remains clear: in the grand theater of Thai politics, the show must go on.


  1. MaxJ March 24, 2024

    Move Forward Party is literally playing with fire trying to amend the lese majeste law. Isn’t this just inviting trouble from the establishment?

    • NiranLover March 24, 2024

      It’s about human rights and pushing for democracy. You think change comes from playing it safe?

      • MaxJ March 24, 2024

        Fair point, but there’s a thin line between bravery and recklessness. It feels more like they’re crossing into recklessness.

      • ThaiPatriot March 24, 2024

        Exactly MaxJ! There are other ways to achieve change without poking the bear. It’s just political suicide.

    • RealTalker March 24, 2024

      Sometimes, change needs a catalyst. Maybe they’re just what Thailand needs right now.

  2. SiamWatcher March 24, 2024

    Thanakorn’s warning seems more like a strategic maneuver than genuine concern for MPs. Political chess at its finest.

    • ChessMaster March 24, 2024

      Absolutely, all moves are calculated in politics. Thanakorn isn’t just playing; he’s thinking several moves ahead.

      • SiamWatcher March 24, 2024

        Exactly, and it’s fascinating to see how this will affect the political landscape. Will it rally more support or backfire? Time will tell.

  3. grower134 March 24, 2024

    What’s the point? Thai politics are just a fancy show with predetermined outcomes. Nothing will change.

    • HopefulHarriet March 24, 2024

      Cynicism won’t bring change. At least movements like Move Forward are trying. We have to believe in the possibility of a different future!

      • grower134 March 24, 2024

        I want to believe, but history keeps repeating itself. It’s like we’re stuck in a loop.

  4. Larry D March 24, 2024

    Isn’t focusing on the dissolution just missing the larger picture? The real story is the resilience of this party and its ideas, even in the face of adversity.

    • RealistRachel March 24, 2024

      Resilience is one thing, but survival is another. Ideals don’t matter much if you’re politically dead.

      • Larry D March 24, 2024

        But isn’t the spread of those ideals the very legacy these parties leave behind, even if they’re dissolved? It’s like planting seeds for future change.

  5. PitaFan March 24, 2024

    Move Forward’s drama is the best thing in Thai politics. Following their saga is like watching a series. Rooting for them all the way!

    • BingeWatcher March 24, 2024

      I get the appeal, but remember these are real lives and the future of a country we’re talking about, not just entertainment.

      • PitaFan March 24, 2024

        True, got carried away there. But it’s hard not to get invested in their fight for change.

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