Updated: The king “votes” again II

30 03 2019

King Vajiralongkorn has signaled that he will not have a pro-Thaksin Shinawatra Puea Thai led government.

Matichon reports on a new royal announcement, commanding Thaksin to relinquish all of his royally-bestowed decorations.

Of course, this probably has to do with Thaksin’s liaison with (former) Princess Ubolratana, but the political message is clearer than anything that has emerged from the Election Commission.

Update: All major English-language media (here, here and here) now have this story on yet another of the king’s political interventions.

The Post notes that the ostensible reason for removing Thaksin’s royal decorations was the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions sentencing of Thaksin on 21 October 2008 over the Ratchada land case. It also notes that the statute of limitations on that case “has already expired…”.

As The Nation does, Khaosod also observes the connection to the election and the Army’s removal of Thaksin’s “name … from the school’s hall of fame and stripped him of his Chak Dao alumni achievement awards.”

The Nation’s story, which is from AFP, also makes these points:

King Vajiralongkorn had issued an announcement on election eve calling for Thais to support “good” people to prevent “chaos” — a declaration replayed right before polls opened on March 24.

The monarch also sent jitters across the country in February after a party linked to the Shinawatras nominated Princess Ubolratana as a candidate for prime minister — which he swiftly called “inappropriate” in a royal rebuke….

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, but the palace holds unassailable powers and is shielded from criticism by a harsh royal defamation law [lese majeste].


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1 04 2019
A royal vote that counts | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] notes that King Vajiralongkorn’s public trashing of Thaksin Shinawatra just a week after “an inconclusive national election, making it more […]

1 04 2019
A royal vote that counts | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] notes that King Vajiralongkorn’s public trashing of Thaksin Shinawatra just a week after “an inconclusive national election, making it more […]

4 04 2019
Reacting to thugs | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] king’s own interventions have fanned this hatred of mild-mannered middle and upper class […]

4 04 2019
Reacting to thugs | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] king’s own interventions have fanned this hatred of mild-mannered middle and upper class […]




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