Thailand’s constitutional court has suspended leading prime ministerial candidate and winner of May’s nationwide elections Pita Limjaroenrat from being a lawmaker. 

The temporary suspension follows a complaint filed by the Election Commission against the Move Forward Party leader accusing him of violating election laws for allegedly holding shares in a media company.

Pita has denied he broke election rules and previously accused the Election Commission of rushing the case to court.

The May election, which saw a record turnout, delivered a powerful rebuke to the military-backed establishment that has ruled Thailand since 2014 when then-army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha seized power in a coup.

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