Prem and The Dictator

17 10 2014

Soon after the 22 May 2014 coup, there were claims that General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s seizing of power was not particularly appreciated by the Old Man who thinks he runs the royalist elite, General Prem Tinsulanonda.

We at PPT didn’t understand these claims. After all, the coup was by and for royalists. In addition, Prem’s old buddies were intimately involved in politicking for a coup, pressing Prayuth to act to support the anti-democrats and backstop the elite’s political and economic interests. Not that long ago, we noted that Prem was content and happy about yet another royalist coup in Thailand.

In addition, the military dictatorship continues to honor the old man and fight his political battles for him, which includes settling old scores. The “model” being used by The Dictator and his cabal of royalists harks back to the Prem era of unelected governments running a country where parliament was a relatively insignificant sideshow. We wrote of the return to Premocracy.

Palace's meddler

It is thus no surprise to read in the Bangkok Post that “Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda said on Thursday he had given a lot of advice to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on how to be prime minister, but would not say what that advice was.”

The 94 year-old palace political meddler “toyed with reporters over his relationship with the junta leader, refusing to evaluate the former army chief’s performance or what they spoke about when Gen Prayut and four armed-service chiefs called on him on Sept 30.”

Prem stated that “he wanted to give moral support to Gen Prayut and all Thais to help maintain peace and order in the kingdom.” He may just have well have shouted that he loved the coup and supported the royalist military dictatorship.



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