Preparing to win an election?

30 04 2009

In seemingly related reports, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (Bangkok Post, 30 April 2009: “PM won’t oppose House dissolution”)   states that “Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Thursday he would consider calling a general election after the 2007 constitution is amended.” Abhisit reckoned that the political situation might be right for an election in another six to seven months.

Meanwhile, according to a Bangkok Post editorial (30 April 2009: “Military opts for purge”) the military is  purging its ranks of officers considered to be close to  Thaksin Shinawatra. The editorial writer says: As head of the government, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva should have an explanation regarding the latest military reshuffle, at least for the sake of fairness and national reconciliation, to show that the whole exercise has not simply been a settling of scores against Thaksin and his followers in the military hierarchy.” That seems unlikely.

Maybe the Democrats think that they will be able to win the next election if they can purge the country, its bureaucracy, military and police of Thaksinites? The military failed at this task in 2006-7. Perhaps the Democrats feel they can be more successful this time? It certainly looks like the Democrats are engaged in such a process, including continuing to make deals with former Thaksin supporters.

Of course, should the Democrats eventually win,  they would deny that purges, crackdowns, secret deals with the military and censorship had anything to do with their victory as they proclaim their democratic credentials.


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