The privy council remains interventionist

17 03 2014

Privy Council President and former royalist premier General Prem Tinsulanonda may be aged and far less mentally agile than he was a few years ago when he engineered support for the 2006 military coup. Even so, he remains politically influential. So do other privy councilors.

On 14 March, Prem dressed up in his beloved military uniform and shuffled off to Sakol Nakorn to dedicate a statue to General Kris Sivara and is said to have asked for all Northeastern-based colonels to meet him, telling them that the Army is the only institution that the people can rely on. His visit coincides with the transfer of rabidly anti-red shirt commanders to Bangkok.

Meanwhile, at the Bangkok Post, there are other admissions of privy council meddling. The Post seems to imply that some of the old men like “Anand Panyarachun, … Pridiyathorn Devakul and … Somkid Jatusripitak have been suggesting in the past month that a new type of leader may be needed to replace the embattled caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra.”

PalakornThe name mentioned in this context is none other than Privy Councilor Palakorn Suwanrath. Anti-democrats apparently think he is “a strong candidate for the ‘neutral’ premier to lead the divided country.”

Palakorn, at about 65, is s spring chicken in the aged care house that is the privy council. Palakorn qualification is that he “has been a close aide to … the Queen … [and] has held various posts including Pattani governor and director of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre…”.

The Post jokes that “privy councillors normally steer clear of voicing political comments…” and then proves this is a laugh by saying that:

Palakorn … said the elite members of the [Vajiravudh] college should not stay neutral amid the current state of politics and must stand by the monarchy as more attacks against the higher institution were being seen amid the intensifying political situation.

Apparently recently Palakorn went further suggesting a “neutral prime minister” might be a woman, prompting claims that his preferred candidate is the deeply yellow-shirted Rosana Tositakul who is arguably the least “neutral” person in Bangkok.

It seems that Palakorn is as detached from reality as the rest of the old men who meet to plot and scheme against elected governments.


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18 03 2014
The gang of six | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Suthep seems to prefer that the courts and “independent” agencies just proceed with the judicial coup and then deal with the political fallout. That requires the military to be prepared too. […]

18 03 2014
The gang of six | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Suthep seems to prefer that the courts and “independent” agencies just proceed with the judicial coup and then deal with the political fallout. That requires the military to be prepared too. […]

6 12 2016
The new privy council | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the current 11 members of the Privy Council are: “Gen Surayud Chulanont, Kasem Watanachai, Palakorn Suwanarat,  Atthaniti Disatha-amnarj, Supachai Phungam, Chanchai Likitjitta, ACM Chalit Pookpasuk, Gen […]

6 12 2016
The new privy council | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the current 11 members of the Privy Council are: “Gen Surayud Chulanont, Kasem Watanachai, Palakorn Suwanarat,  Atthaniti Disatha-amnarj, Supachai Phungam, Chanchai Likitjitta, ACM Chalit Pookpasuk, Gen […]




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