That’s the plan. Okay, we have known that The Dictator and is clique plan to control things for some time to come. It seems. however, that following “victory” in the “referendum,” the Dictatorial Clique – the junta – has decided that they are “popular” and are seeking to extend their rule well into the future.
We’ve heard of the “20 year plan” for the “reform” of politics, but the mantra was that the “next government” might or might not implement this. Now it seems the Dictatorial Clique is actively seeking to be around for a very long time, and appears to think it might implement the “plan” itself.
The Bangkok Post reports that General Prayuth Chan-ocha has “vowed to completely wipe out corruption within 20 years via several means through the interim charter, government policies, the draft charter, and the national reform and strategic plan.”
It goes without saying that Prayuth thinks he can be the driving force for this national “reform,” even if corruption riddles his own family and Prayuth covers it up, and protects his brother General Preecha, as does his junta.
We can be pretty sure that “the establishment of a corruption division to be attached to the Criminal Court” will not impact the military leadership, the junta or associated families and other cronies.
Staying in power protects the interests – political and economic – of the Dictatorial Clique.
As well as staying power, The Dictator has his decrees remaining in place for far longer than anyone imagined. Most of us would have thought that declarations made under Article 44 of the military’s interim constitution would lapse when the “approved” constitution becomes permanent. Not so.
Prayuth has stated, in what the Post’s editor described as “our Dear Leader” on a “talking spree” for more than two hours. Among other things he babbled about making Thailand a “developed nation” in a familiar period – the next 20 years.
Self-aggrandizing Prayuth “proudly” stated “that in the 28-month period since he seized power from an elected government, he has issued a total of 104 special orders, or the so-called Section 44 orders permitted by the interim charter, to sort out the country’s ‘problems’.”
These orders and probably many more that the arrogant general issues before an “election” will “remain in force even after the military regime steps down.”
All of this on top of the continuing maneuvering to ensure that Prayuth can be premier for a decade or more.
The Constitutional Court’s toady ruling on the “procedure to select a prime minister could pave the way for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to stay in power for another eight years after an election…”. Add the more than two years he’s been The Dictator and you see that he intends to be around for an excruciatingly long period.
That conclusion has been acknowledged by junta Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
It is clear that absolute power demands absolute arrogance.