Thailand’s 2023 General Election
THAILAND STUDIES PROGRAMME
About the Webinar
Thailand is expected to hold its next general election no later than May 2023. While the legacies of the May 2014 coup d’état will continue to shape the playing field of the election, recent changes in the electoral system, internal strife within the military regime, and shifts in the political landscape have raised uncertainties about the outcomes and implications of the election. At stake is not simply whether Thailand’s conservative establishment will be able to hold on to power, but also whether unmet grievances, particularly among the youth, will translate into meaningful change.
About the Speakers
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is the leader of Thailand’s Progressive Movement and former leader of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party. Thanathorn was former Executive Vice President and Director of the Thai Summit Group. He co-founded the Future Forward Party in 2018 and led its campaign for the March 2019 General Election. Though he was elected and sworn in as a party-list MP in 2019, charges of violating electoral laws led to his suspension. Following the Constitutional Court’s dissolution of Future Forward in February 2020, Thanathorn was banned from involvement in party politics for ten years. In March 2020, Thanathorn and former members of the Future Forward executive committee founded the Progressive Movement to continue the dissolved party’s work with a renewed focus on local politics.
Dr Prajak Kongkirati is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University. He was formerly Head of the Southeast Asian Studies Center, East Asian Institute, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Services, Director of the Direk Jayanama Research Center, Thammasat University, and Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. He has published widely in the fields of Thai politics, conflict and violence, party and electoral politics, democratization, and social movement.
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