Thai caretaker Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha urges calm after military and pro-royalist lawmakers thwart a popular progressive candidate’s bid to become the next premier. A peaceful protest follows, expressing frustration over the situation. The Move Forward Party’s reformist platform poses a threat to the establishment’s agenda, leading to the suspension of its leader, Pita Limjaroenrat, from parliament. Pita has promised to step aside, and property tycoon Srettha Thavisin is expected to lead the coalition backing him.
Thai reformist leader Pita Limjaroenrat’s bid for prime minister was blocked by the military and pro-royalist establishment. Despite his party’s popularity, Pita faced disqualification due to media company shares, leaving a path open for a potential compromise candidate. The situation could trigger civil unrest in Thailand.
Thailand’s constitutional court suspends reformist Pita Limjaroenrat, obstructing his bid for prime minister after a significant election victory. The court will decide if he should be disqualified from parliament due to share ownership in a media company. Political tensions and potential protests loom.