The military party option

20 12 2017

There was some social media enthusiasm for The Dictator’s promised use of Article 44 to allow political parties to begin organizing for an “election.” Some of that prattle was about a “return to democracy.”

Leaving aside the use of a dictatorial decree for a “return to democracy” and the failure to consider what kind of “democracy” might follow a junta arranged, managed and directed “election,” that burst of enthusiasm soon waned.

It soon became clear that the military junta was stacking the deck even more than before.

The Bangkok Post reports that the junta “will give a green light to the formation of new political parties while limiting the activities of existing parties…”.

Article 44 will be used to “allow founders of new political parties to reserve party names, recruit members, collect membership fees and organise their first general assemblies to select their leaders and executives.” Each of these activities will require explicit permission from the junta.

The already existing 69 political parties will not be permitted to do anything other than “review their old memberships.”

The junta is unlikely to allow the existing parties to do very much at all until at least June 2018. And, it declared that it would be The Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha who would decide “the timetables for the relevant political activities…”.

Meanwhile, The Dictator will continue his political campaigns with “cabinet meetings in Phitsanulok and Sukhothai provinces on Dec 25 and 26.”

The formation of new parties is likely to benefit the junta, with pro-military, military-backed and a military party all possibilities. The Dictator is in a position to control the formation and activities of all new parties.

At the same time he can limit the work of existing parties, which are hamstrung by The Dictator’s capacity to control their activities.

There can be no free and fair elections in Thailand. The claims of a “return to democracy” are nonsensical. Only The Dictator is able to campaign and politick. Only he can decide when an “election” may be held. He holds all the cards in a stacked deck.


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27 12 2017
The junta’s “election” stitch up | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the Democrat Party is disturbed by The Dictator’s use of Article 44, fearing that it will be decimated, that is indeed the junta’s aim. The party that has not […]

27 12 2017
The junta’s “election” stitch up | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the Democrat Party is disturbed by The Dictator’s use of Article 44, fearing that it will be decimated, that is indeed the junta’s aim. The party that has not […]




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