Puea Thai in full retreat

6 07 2012

A couple of days ago, The Nation had an article that deserves attention if readers haven’t already seen it. It shows how desperate the Yingluck/Thaksin Shinawatra regime is to stay in office at all costs.

“To stay in power as long as possible,” seems to be the mantra, according to the report:

The Pheu Thai Party currently faces its old “adversary”, the Constitution Court. The court’s verdicts are a recurring nightmare for the ruling party: its two predecessors, Thai Rak Thai and the People Power Party, were dissolved by the court.

And not to be forgotten is the Constitution Court’s verdict in May to disqualify red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan as a party-list MP of the Pheu Thai for failing to cast his vote in last year’s general election.

… Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont decided to delay the third reading of the charter amendment bill to avoid a stand-off with the Constitution Court.

… The government’s latest stance on the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s request to use U-tapao airport to conduct atmospheric studies was another setback.

… The ruling party seemed to have no choice but to withdraw the bills from the deliberation of the House. The four bills are now at the top of the agenda for the House’s next session, which will convene on August 1.

Apparently, Thaksin has agreed he should not return home soon but stay abroad for quite a long time. He recently sent a clear signal on those issues.

According to Pheu Thai MP Griangsak Saysreengam, Thaksin urged the party to comply with the outcome of the judicial decision on the charter amendment bills.

Thaksin also suggested that the reconciliation bills should be postponed if society still doesn’t understand them.

Thaksin seems to be well aware that the more patient he is, the longer his sister Yingluck will be able to stay in power.

The opposition pseudo-Democrat Party must love this. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. If the Puea Thai Party stays in power and does nothing, voters will desert it and the royalists elite rules and the Pseudo-Democrats might even win an election. If they can kill the government before that, all the better for them. Red shirts and others who voted for Thaksin-Samak-Yingluck will be left to ponder the uselessness of voting for Thaksin and his lot. What a waste.


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8 07 2012
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[…] roughly agree with Somsak Jiam’s analysis (here and here). For all the talk of PT in retreat, I think it’s the Establishment that are on the defensive. In my view, a move such as a coup […]

20 08 2012
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[…] might recall that PPT has been critical of Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration (for example, here, here and here). However, we feel that Kavi’s account is simply a piece of undisguised […]

20 08 2012
Kavi goes off, loves Abhisit, hates Yingluck, hates electors « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] might recall that PPT has been critical of Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration (for example, here, here and here). However, we feel that Kavi’s account is simply a piece of undisguised political […]




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