Another anti-coup activist registers a party

Another anti-coup activist registers a party

Sombat Boonngamanong, left, is congratulated by former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn at the Election Commission office when he applied to register the Grin Party. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)
Sombat Boonngamanong, left, is congratulated by former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn at the Election Commission office when he applied to register the Grin Party. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

One more coup critic has applied to register a political party with a stance against an outsider prime minister.

Sombat Boonngamanong registered the Grin Party at the Election Commission office on Wednesday and made its position clear.

"Our party will definitely not support an outsider for a prime minister," said Mr Sombat, a familiar face for the National Council for Peace and Order due to his outspoken criticism of military coups.

Grin is the 68th party seeking approval from the EC to be eligible to contest the general election.

All names and qualifications to be an official party depend on EC approval.

Grin is the second party of political young bloods planning to run in the polls. The Future Forward Party led by vice-president of the Thai Summit Group Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Thammasat University law lecturer Piyabutr Saengkanokkul applied earlier.

Although the two parties are against having an unelected prime minister, Mr Sombat said they differ in that they target different voters.

"The Grin Party wants to be a think-tank for everybody, but Future Forward largely targets young voters," he explained.


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