Wheeling out the old men

10 09 2015

Thailand is a country where very old men are rather powerful and influential.

At the Bangkok Post it is reported that, following the dumping of the draft charter, the military dictatorship is resurrecting some of these old bodies for a new, junta-selected “21-member charter drafting panel and 200-member reform assembly…”.

Guess who? The first name speculated about is the royalist “liberal” Anand Panyarachun, who must be tired of pulling duty for military regimes (1991, 1992, 2006, and now). Another named is conservative Meechai Ruchupan, who has been a more rabid political campaigner and royalist servant. The third name mentioned is former Constitutional Court president Jaroon Inthacharn.

Self-appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha denies this speculation, but having chewed up the previous bunch of charter drafters, the gentrified royalists are likely to be tapped.

Deputy Prime Minister hireling Wissanu Krea-ngam said the new charter writing committee would be Prayuth’s “pick.” In that case, we think the geriatrics are likely to be wheeled out one more time.