Bangkok rallies for Pita as Move Forward’s moment fades

Photo: Awat Ratanapintha / Twitter
Photo: Awat Ratanapintha / Twitter

“Why do we have elections? You’ve fooled me,” a large banner hung from a downtown skywalk said Sunday.

The busy Asoke intersection was even more crowded yesterday when protesters packed in by the Terminal 21 shopping mall to express widespread dissatisfaction after Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat was prevented from becoming prime minister.

Hundreds gathered in the rainy afternoon to protest peacefully.

Many held signs questioning why Pita, the 42-year-old head of a progressive movement that won the most votes, was twice denied the chance to serve by parliament.

#Ready was the rally’s theme, signifying the public’s readiness for change.

The protest ended around 8pm without any police intervention.

Last week saw the would-be prime minister fail to secure votes a second time and even be disqualified him from his duties as MP. Lawmakers in the elected lower house and military-appointed Senate cited Pita’s plan to reform the controversial lese majeste law for refusing to support him.

With Pita denied any chance of winning the Government House, the party said it would allow coalition partner Pheu Thai to make a bid. However, over the weekend, a number of potential Pheu Thai partners have said it must jettison Move Forward to win their support.


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