Chuan says Abhisit is humiliated

21 08 2009

PPT won’t blog at length about Abhisit Vejjajiva’s continuing struggle with the police chief’s position and the widespread opposition he faces. Clearly, Abhisit is in serious political trouble. Abhisit says: “I can find the way out.” Maybe, but he will need the support of PAD who were one of the driving forces behind Abhisit’s earlier decision-making on this police promotion and its political implications.

We link to our earlier posts (here, here, here, here and here) and also to the spate of stories in the English-language press (here, here, here, here, and here).

Our post headline is drawn from a comment by former prime minister and Democrat Party advisor Chuan Leekpai.

Update: A reader points out that we neglected this story in The Nation. We should have mentioned it as it takes the PADist line that all cops are red shirts and Abhisit is just wanting the “least red” for the next chief: “Police generals grouped in the dark, fire-hydrant red camp are Priewpan Damapong, Wongkot Maneerin and Jongrak Juthanont. Those in the not-so-glaring red are Wichien Potposri, Watcharaphol Prasanratchakit and Wiroj Phaholvech. Those in the diluted red are Patheep Tanprasert and Jumpol Manmai.”

Readers of The Nation are left to wonder if this is the only judge a potential police chief? Are any of them likely to have served well or to have good ideas for this most horrible of organizations?Apparently not: “To pick the national police chief under such circumstances [they are all red], Abhisit has to review which of their past political sins he can live with in order to effect the political cleansing of the police service.”

For The Nation, it is all Thaksin’s fault. Thaksin trained as a policeman and married a police general’s daughter, and he undoubtedly used the police for his own benefit. However, the police have been corrupt and hated for decades.

Further update: While Abhisit insists that he is still in charge, despite failing to win support for police chief nomination, Chuan has had to come out to deny that Democrat Party members are trying to replace Abhisit as prime minister. Abhisit has been reluctanrt to comment on Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul’s rejection of the PM’s nominated police chief, but other Democrat Party parliamentarians have commented, with one claiming Abhisit has “the mandate.” This is interesting territory given the Democrat Party’s rejection of Thaksin’s and pro-Thaksin parties’ claims to electoral mandates in the recent past.



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