A few days ago, The Dictator was reported in the Bangkok Post on his “plans” should the military junta’s draft charter be rejected on 7 August in the “referendum.”
Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha “revealed” a so-called back-up plan that, in fact, is not a revelation at all. He reiterated that “he would have a new charter drawn up if the draft prepared by the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), led by Meechai Ruchupan, fails in the referendum.”
He did add that “he has already set up a working panel to study past charters and use their positive features to create a new charter should the Meechai version be rejected.” And, he “explained” that “a new one has to be written…. The general election cannot be held without a constitution, and the poll can proceed only if the country is free of unrest and violence…”.
Prayuth “still refused to comment on speculation that all political parties would be dissolved and re-registered if the draft charter passes the referendum and a set of laws on political parties is enacted.” This came amidst speculation that the military is going to set up its own party to contest an “election.”
Taken together, we think this means that Prayuth and his junta pals figure they are going to be around for some time to come.