Updated: Prayuth grows horns

4 01 2018

The Dictator has always detested and despised “politicians” as devils and evil. Now General Prayuth Chan-ocha has grown horns and a tail.

Khaosod reports that after years of denial, including in recent days, Prayuth has “said he was now a politician who was formerly a soldier.”

The significance of this is that it is The Dictator is taking a significant step to announcing his candidacy for political office post-“election.”

As the report observes, “[t]he announcement … further fuel[s] speculations of Prayuth’s alleged ambition to become an elected prime minister in general elections slated for November.”

Prayuth reportedly stated:

[I am] a politician who used to be a soldier, so I still carry some soldier habits. However, in the end the people – and not just my people – but the people of Thailand and every [political] party are Thai citizens, so they must support the right politics with good governance, with elections under a just system…

He seems to say that the military’s party will soon be announced:

There must be political party with ideology, a political party that spend budgets in a frugal and worthwhile manner and can be scrutinized. And the scrutiny will be a matter of judicial process….

2018 will be interesting.

Update: As the Bangkok Post puts it, The Dictator is now being “coy” about his political future. Prayuth told reporters that he “had to avoid speaking clearly on the issue” for speaking directly would “impose constraints.” Yet he added “[b]ut being an outsider prime minister is also legal, isn’t it. The constitution opens the way to preventing future coups. From now on, there will be no more coups…”. He means that having an “outsider” – a military man – as premier would obviate the need for a coup. But, as General Prem Tinsulanonda’s time in such a position showed, this is certainly untrue. The rest of the story in the Post is about The Dictator explaining how great he has been, with considerable gilding and several lies.

 


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24 01 2018
“New,” “good” and “bad” politicians | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prayuth Chan-ocha, The Dictator since May 2014, recently announced that he is a “politician.” This announcement that he had joined the ranks of those he despises was his formal announcement of […]

24 01 2018
“New,” “good” and “bad” politicians | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Prayuth Chan-ocha, The Dictator since May 2014, recently announced that he is a “politician.” This announcement that he had joined the ranks of those he despises was his formal announcement of […]




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