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Desatová and McCargo quoted in BBC News and TIME Magazine

Friday, 21 February, the Future Forward Party in Thailand was dissolved, after the country's Constitutional Court ruled it violated campaign financing rules.

Director at NIAS, Professor Duncan McCargo, comments to TIME Magazine that the ruling is a disappointing development in Thai Politics. “Six million people voted for that party,” he says. “A lot of those people already felt disenfranchised and alienated, and now they’re going to feel more so.” See the full article here.

Post Doc Researcher at NIAS, Petra Desatová, has likewise commented on the situation to BBC News Thailand, in which she argues that the party’s dissolution reflects that Thai politics is still in the hands of small elite. "Thailand remains just as divided (if not more) than it was ahead of the 2014 coup," she says. See the full article here (in Thai).