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Thanathorn: Thai political disruptor remains a book in progress

Success of his pro-democracy quest hinges on learning from Thaksin's mistakes

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit heads to a news conference in Bangkok on Jan. 21 after a Thai court ruled in favor of his Future Forward Party. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- The recent ruling by Thailand's Constitutional Court to keep alive the fortunes of the country's second-largest opposition party and its charismatic leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, made headlines both at home and abroad.

How this young billionaire is disrupting Thai politics marks a new phase in the country's struggle toward a stable democracy. And whether he can avoid the same fate as erstwhile reformer Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister-turned-fugitive, remains unclear.

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