Yellow opposition to election

16 04 2011

The battle over an election now includes the group of yellow-shirted, mostly appointed, senators who have long been supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, pro-coup, pro-military, royalist and anti-red shirt and anti-Thaksin Shinawatra.

In The Nation it is reported that this group, led by anti-democratic Bangkok senator Rosana Tositrakul, these mostly unelected senators have called on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to delay any plan for an election, claiming that they need “more time to scrutinise election-related laws.”

This is the same Rosana who visited the PAD during their illegal occupation of Government House, and was cheered as she signed autographs for PAD supporters (see here).

Abhisit claims he will not delay the House dissolution, although the pressure from within the royalist elite is gaining strength as the fear of an election loss takes hold.

It is likely that the whole senate will pass the required organic laws that have already been passed by the House. PPT wonders if a next step for election opponents will involve a legal challenge.

Rosana also wants to change the laws, wanting to get rid of advance voting.

This is yet one more indication of the strong royalist dissension on whether an election victory will be possible for the Democrat Party or even whether an election is necessary for their rule.


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