Young Turks face competition

Young Turks face competition

Even the old dinosaur parties realise times are changing

Leader and founder Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Thammasat University law lecturer Piyabutr Saengkanokkul introduced the Anakhot Mai (Future Forward) Party at an event last Thursday. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
Leader and founder Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Thammasat University law lecturer Piyabutr Saengkanokkul introduced the Anakhot Mai (Future Forward) Party at an event last Thursday. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

An image of a young businessman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit announcing his plan to lead the Anakhot Mai Party to an election victory has wakened hope for a shakeup of politics driven by so-called young bloods.

The 39-year-old co-founder of Anakhot Mai, or Future Forward Party, wants to make his party accessible by the public and able to put the ideas of "regular people" into practice.

However, Anakhot Mai is not alone in branding itself as a Young Turk party because other competitors, which have been in the political sphere for over a decade, have troops of young politicians who also see a need to devise new policies to suit the digital age, which is rapidly changing society.

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