PPT can’t keep up with the weird, stunning and downright perplexing news on Thailand’s military dictatorship and its efforts to smash the country into its preferred shape.
The story we have chosen to focus on today is actually one that Thailand’s conservatives and anti-democrats have been pushing for decades: an unelected premier.
The Nation reports that the aged junta-appointed constitution drafting boss Meechai Ruchupan and his junta-picked charter fixers have decided that “a non-elected MP to become the prime minister…”. Yes, this unelected premier will join other unelected swill in the senate, but the prime minister will have to be “elected” by the House of Representatives.
In short, the royalist elite, backed by the military, will nominate a PM and threaten the House into “electing” their nominee.
If readers are old enough, they’ll recall that this was the method of getting Prem Tinsulanonda into the premiership for almost a decade.
The flunkies state that they “must leave room in case the country is hit by the same political impasse again…”. They really mean that they want their nominee to run the country.
Apichart Sukhagganond, chairman of the sub-committee on executive structure, had submitted to the CDC his committee’s analysis of the disadvantages and advantages of three executive systems – parliamentary, absolute separation of power, and a mixture of centralisation and absolute separation of power.
The Constitution Drafting Committee has decided that “the prime minister can be either an MP or a non-elected individual supported by the House of Representatives.” This is just one of the “fixes” that are being put in place by the junta for its royalist allies. Winding the calendar back 30-40 years seems logical to political knuckle draggers.