Coup is almost complete

9 05 2014

Thailands’ creeping coup is about to be completed. The Constitutional and National Anti-Corruption Commission decisions have created the conditions for the anti-democrat street protesters to agitate for the end of a government that is in disarray and appears unable to mobilize the support it requires to defend its electoral, legal or constitutional positions.

One important step to finally dismantling the government is the appointment Surachai Liangboonlertchai as the new Senate Speaker. Surachai is more-or-less one of the group of extremely yellow senators, most of them appointed, who have supported anti-democrats for years. In fact, being the unelected demons seed of the military junta, that’s exactly why they are there.

His appointment is significant because, as the Bangkok Post reports, he “is backed by the ‘Group of 40’ appointed senators, the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee and elected senators from the South mainly affiliated with the Democrat Party.” It is important for this lot because “anti-government forces including the Democrat Party have been pushing for the Senate speaker to appoint a new prime minister and/or cabinet.”

Shortly after his appointment, anti-democrat “secretary-general” Suthep called on Surachai “to submit the name of a new prime minister for His Majesty the King without delay.” If that didn’t happen, Suthep said he would appoint a “people’s government” and a prime minister.

That the momentum is now with the royalist anti-democrats is given in this account of Suthep’s speech provided from an anonymous reporter and sent by a reader:

I’m calling for the acting Senate Speaker to start working tonight. Don’t wait. Call a meeting of senators in a special session. Do whatever you need to submit the name of a new prime minister to the king immediately…. We won’t allow the elections to take place. I’m saying this according to the law. There’s no article in the Constitution on what to do in the case that the prime minister has died or ended their premiership in a period when there is no House, but Article 7 of the Constitution states that in case there’s no provision in the charter that’s applicable, it shall be decided in accordance with the Constitutional practice in the democratic regime of government with the King as Head of the State. I can confirm that when there’s no House of Representative to select the prime minister, the Senate can carry out the duty to choose the person to become the prime minister, according to this Article.

Of course, he’s making this up, but the ultimatum is clear: no elections, just an appointed premier and administration. Safe in GH

Suthep was welcomed at the various places he visited and was photographed in Government House, comfortably seated with other anti-democrats, at least one of whom has recently been found to be well-armed.

A report in The Nation suggested Suthep’s confidence, for he “requested” meetings with new interim premier Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan. Suthep declared: “If you find [Cabinet members], bring them to me. I wish to speak to them. I will be waiting at Government House…”.

If the senate doesn’t do Suthep’s bidding by Monday, he will do it himself. He declared:

If it’s not finished by then, we’ll do it ourselves. I repeat. I’m asking the seniors in the country to hurry up and work on the weekend and end this within Monday. If you don’t do it or cannot do it, please don’t be mad at us because we will do it with our own hands!

People’s Alliance for Democracy leader Sondhi Limthongkul was clearer. He demanded that the military “take sides” on behalf of the king and make a coup to oust the remnants of the government. Significantly, his speech was delivered in front of Armty TV Channel 5, which had agreed to anti-democrat demands that it broadcast its material when required.

The Bangkok Post reports that Suthep “is trying to win over support from the leaders of three institutions which he believes still wield legitimate power — the Supreme Court president, the Senate speaker, and the Election Commission.” Essentially, all three are already playing in his court, and he is demanding they deliver the death blow he so much desires.

Red shirt protests about this so far seem feeble.



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10 05 2014
Red shirt response | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] readers chided PPT for observing in a recent post that “Red shirt protests about this so far seem feeble.” At the time we wrote that, the […]

10 05 2014
Red shirt response | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] readers chided PPT for observing in a recent post that “Red shirt protests about this so far seem feeble.” At the time we wrote that, the […]

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