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Thailand needs younger leaders to move beyond coups and corruption

Aging elite and military work to suppress democratic reforms

| Thailand
Thanathorn is the new Thaksin in Thai politics. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

Five completed elections, two military coups and a series of judicial interventions amid street protests colored in yellow and red: having gone through so much tumult and turmoil over the past two decades, Thailand is poised to enter yet another round of confrontation in the prolonged reckoning over its political future.

Although Thailand's constitutional court decided not to disband Future Forward, a vibrant new political party, on Jan. 21, many more attempts on the party's legitimacy lie in wait, so it is time to consider how -- or whether -- the country can move past infighting and polarization.

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