The leader of the Future Forward party, Thanathorn is enjoying growing support, especially among young voters. He advocates for ending the rule of the current military-dominated government. In March, his party came third in the general elections, obtaining almost a quarter of all parliamentary seats.
The court found him guilty for owning shares in a media company when he registered to run for election, which is against Article 98 of the Thai Constitution, banning parliamentary candidates from owning shares in media companies for the sake of fair competition, the Thai PBS broadcaster said.
The court ruled to disqualify the opposition maverick from parliament, but he is still able to continue his political career as a party leader.