As PPT has said several times, one of the basic conceptions held by the junta was that Thailand needed to regress to a political location somewhere in the 1980s when elections counted for little but produced multi-party coalitions. These coalitions encouraged vote-buying because they were weak and elections were frequent, requiring ministers to gouge lots from their brief stints as money grubbers – it was a vicious cycle. In the end, though, a palace-preferred general remained premier and the coalitions came and went.
The array of pro-junta parties that are currently falling over themselves to polish The Dictator’s fleshy posterior are no different from those of the past; they are chomping at the bit to get at the junta’s dregs.
Suthep Thaugsuban has explained his Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT) is aiming to be a (minor) part of a future coalition government. He “said no party would win a landslide victory in a election, which would lead to the formation of a coalition government.”
A godfather like Suthep knows how to make money from such arrangements. There will be plenty of others hoping to get some of the scraps from the junta-military table if the junta’s “election” plans come off.