Thai opposition leader will ‘fight tooth and nail’ for party’s survival

By Thomson Reuters Feb 27, 2024 | 3:09 AM

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s opposition leader and former prime ministerial hopeful said on Tuesday his Move Forward Party will “fight tooth and nail” for its future amid legal threats that could see the pro-reform group dissolved and its leaders banned from politics.

Pita Limjaroenrat, who led the Move Forward party to an election victory last May on an anti-establishment platform but was unable to form a government, said the party could be the bridge to create a new political consensus in the country.

“Instead of looking at us as a choice of the people and the enemy of the parliament, use us as a bridge,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Pita’s Move Forward Party could be disbanded and leaders banned from politics after the country’s Constitutional Court last month said their plan to change a law on insulting the monarchy undermined the crown, paving the way for legal complaints.

(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Writing by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor)