'New faces' no mere red-shirt lapdogs

Future Forward Party aims to rekindle lost hope after established parties took polar-opposite views

Academic Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, co-founder of the high-profile Future Forward Party has nothing against the army or political parties - but insists the party can bring change for the better. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

Scholar-turned-politician Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is set to embrace the challenge of moving from the theoretical plane to the realm of practical politics.

Frustrated with years of the persistent political divide, the Thammasat University law lecturer has decided to leave his ivory tower and enter the fray, hoping to ''reinvent'' Thai politics.

A noted member of the Nitirat group of progressive law scholars, Mr Piyabutr has joined hands with Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the scion of Thailand's biggest auto parts group, to form the Anakhot Mai Party or Future Forward Party.

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