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Asia Insight

Thailand and Malaysia new parties hope discontent will boost appeal

Youth-led party in Indonesia also takes aim at status quo under establishment

NITHIN COCA, contributing writer, and APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT, Nikkei staff writer | Thailand

TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Political parties started by young leaders in Southeast Asian countries in recent years are hoping that discontent with the status quo will help them grow and get a chance to change politics as usual.

Support for youth-led parties in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia might get some boost from unhappiness with the response of the countries' governments to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has battered the region.

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