Anti-democratic senate backs down

17 05 2014

After a hectic week or so of lobbying, meeting, making outlandish legal claims and meeting with other anti-democrats, the part of the senate that is most brightly yellow has backed down on its push for a “neutral” premier and appointed government administration. While PPT does not expect that this is the end of the senators involvement in this matter, it is a seeing off of one more attempt to impose an illegal and unconstitutional regime.

Khaosod has reported that the interim speaker of the senate has “postponed a decision on whether or not the Senate will appoint an unelected Prime Minister as anti-government protesters have demanded.” This caused anti-democrat-in-chief Suthep Thaugsuban to go into a bit of a huff and lambast the “talkers.”

Surachai Liangboonlertchai said “the Senate is willing to convene a parliamentary session to appoint a non-elected ‘neutral’ Prime Minister ‘if necessary’…” and we suspect that the old men have told them to wait for another legal case that will further wound the limping government.

He urged the interim government to immediately undertake national reforms, knowing that the (anti-)Election Commission won’t allow the government to even transfer a single official. He added “that Thailand needs a fully-functioning government as soon as possible.” The best way for that to happen is to have an election, but the anti-democrats hate elections.

This was pointed out by “a group of activists staged a protest against Mr. Suthep’s quest for an unelected Prime Minister in the shopping district of Bangkok. Holding up signs that read ‘The People are the Neutral Party,’ the activists called the effort to install a ‘neutral’ PM misguided, and insisted that an election be organised as soon as possible.”


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13 09 2015
Old men and old ideas | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Others reportedly being sought for the military dictatorship’s “fix” of the political system include royalists and military backers like the conservative Sujit Boonbongkarn, former 2006 junta appointee Kanjanarat Leewiroj, Banthoon Sethasiroj, anti-Thaksin Shinawatra lawyer Banjerd Singkhaneti, who fronted the ultra-royalist and neo-fascist Sayam Prachapiwat, Preecha Watcharaphai, who worked with the 2006 military junta and former unelected senator and anti-Thaksin activist Surachai Liangboonlertchai, who once tried to use the Senate to bring down the elected government. […]

13 09 2015
Old men and old ideas | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Others reportedly being sought for the military dictatorship’s “fix” of the political system include royalists and military backers like the conservative Sujit Boonbongkarn, former 2006 junta appointee Kanjanarat Leewiroj, Banthoon Sethasiroj, anti-Thaksin Shinawatra lawyer Banjerd Singkhaneti, who fronted the ultra-royalist and neo-fascist Sayam Prachapiwat, Preecha Watcharaphai, who worked with the 2006 military junta and former unelected senator and anti-Thaksin activist Surachai Liangboonlertchai, who once tried to use the Senate to bring down the elected government. […]