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Thailand's 'young bloods' vow to break old political cycle

Aspiring leaders are on the march as junta marks fourth anniversary

From left, rising Thai political stars Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Varawut Silpa-archa and Parit Wacharasindhu (Photos by Hiroshi Kotani and Koji Nozawa)

BANGKOK -- Outspoken young politicians are pushing on the doors to Thailand's corridors of power, just as the military government marks its fourth anniversary on Tuesday and the country braces for a long-promised election early next year. 

The "young bloods," as they are known, are promising to pull the nation out of its cycle of coups and achieve its economic potential. Leading the pack is Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the scion of the billionaire family that runs the country's largest auto parts supplier. The 39-year-old decided to leave his position as executive vice president and director of Thai Summit Group to form a new political party, the Future Forward Party, earlier this year.

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