Junta called out on election rigging

15 03 2019

A few days ago, hoary royalist and anti-Thaksin Shinawatra campaigner, Veera Prateepchaikul was pleading that “foreigners” were getting it all wrong on the Constitutional Court and the banning of the Thai Raksa Chart Party for nominating a (non) princess as its prime ministerial candidate.

He will now be pained to know that, in fact, serious international media now fully understand that the military junta is rigging the election and that it is determined to hold on into the future.

There have been several examples in recent days. We list three:

The Economist, “Thailand’s bogus election“. It begins: “The vote does not mark a return to democracy, but a new phase in military misrule.”

The Economist, “Thailand’s generals plan to remain in charge, whatever voters say“. That story begins: “Their rigging of the system makes this month’s election a sham.”

The Washington Post, “Why Thailand’s junta is working so hard to rig the next election

Can the junta be stopped? In terms of the election, it would require a massive vote for anti-junta parties. While we think those parties will do well, the system has been designed by the junta to produce coalitions in the lower house and to guarantee support for the junta in the appointed senate.

Can a junta government rule? The junta and its parties will require solid support from the military and the palace. If there’s political instability following the “election,” that support is not guaranteed. It seems clear that Army commander Gen Apirat Kongsompong will likely launch yet another coup to maintain the military-monarchy ruling alliance.

Can another coup work? That’s the billion baht question.


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26 03 2019
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26 03 2019
Election malfeasance | Political Prisoners of Thailand

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