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Targeting The Dictator

At least two legal moves that target the prime ministerial candidature of Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha for Palang Pracharath are in the works. The Nation reports that a “[p]ro-red shirt lawyer Winyat Chatmontree has … petitioned the E[lection] C[ommission] to consider disbanding the Phalang Pracharat Party, whose founding, he alleged, had outside influence.” That “outside influence” […]

Analysis of recent events

PPT has refrained from mentioning much of what passes for analysis of the events of the past week. One reason for this is that most of it has been highly speculative and bound in rumor. Some self-styled analysts and quite a few academics have produced speculative accounts. Several managed to come up with different interpretations […]

Heroes and villains

The Supreme Court has finally upheld finally upheld the sentencing of six leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy to eight months in jail for actions during its occupation of Government House in 2008 may be seen as a late but appropriate judicial recognition of PAD’s illegal actions. Chamlong Srimuang, Sondhi Limthongkul, Pibhop Dhongchai, Somkiat […]

Military chief and the “election”

The Bangkok Post headline at its website (but not in the linked story) states: “The army commander, back in Bangkok, scoffed at coup rumours…”. That brief note might be seen as some kind of confirmation that Gen Apirat Kongsompong was indeed in Europe meeting with the king. He also “explained how soldiers would ‘assist’ at […]

Updated: Doubling down on Thaksin II

Gen Prayudh Chan-ocha reckons his “roles as prime minister and the [Palang Pracharath] PPRP’s prime ministerial candidate are two different things…”. The trouble is he is unable to distinguish between the two and neither can anyone else. A good example is his continuing use of the media, The Dictator has “insisted he won’t end his […]

Further updated: Doubling down on Thaksin I

With Thaksin Shinawatra’s Thai Raksa Chart Party in danger of dissolution for nominating Ubolratana as its PM candidate, the party and other Thaksin parties are well and truly on the defensive. In an election that is now about loyalty, it is no surprise to see more royalist action against the party. Khaosod reports that the […]

More fallout news

It is reported that the Election Commission had: recommended on Tuesday afternoon that the Thai Raksa Chart (TRC) Party be dissolved for allegedly drawing the monarchy into politics, but at 6pm the EC president told the Bangkok Post that the decision was yet to be finalised. As in much that it has done and decided […]