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Thai election

Political newbie uplifts Thailand's pro-democracy movement

Junta turns up the heat as young voters, Western diplomats back fresh face

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, head of the Future Forward Party, greets supporters on Apr. 6 at a Bangkok police station, where he heard a sedition complaint filed against him by the army.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- A billionaire who led his new party to unexpected wins in last month's general elections is rapidly becoming the symbol of the Thai pro-democracy movement, despite the ruling junta's efforts to curb the charismatic young firebrand.

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