The Move Forward party's stunning election victory has changed Thailand forever. The traditional elite will try everything they can to keep them out of power.
Another interesting event that took place but isn't mentioned here, perhaps because it happened quite recently was Potjaman's lunch with Ung-Ing and other family members.
According to the article, the family expressed concerns about Thaksin coming home, fearing that he might be "fooled again" and wanted him to stop his plans and wait for a better time. There's even a direct quote about Ung-Ing not being ready to be PM and that Sretta is more suitable.
Thairath, Khaosod, Matichon, and even new media like The Standard all released that news report at almost the same time. Every word was also verbatim, so clearly Potjaman gave them the story.
The content is quite interesting, but the release was even more so. Clearly Potjaman wants to publicly lay the groundwork for Thaksin not coming home anytime soon.
Thank you, Andrew. And I thought politics here in Malaysia was complicated....it's got nothing on Thailand.
Superbly well written. Very detailed and deep info and deep analysis. Thank you Andrew!
I'm certain there was a deal before the election. However, my belief is that Pheu Thai learned their lesson afterwards and wouldn't try anything bizarre.
Is there any concrete proof of attempts of dealmaking in secret plot #2? It's believable that Thaksin would try, but as you noted, Ung-Ing seems genuinely opposed to that.
You mentioned attempts to kick MFP to the opposition and Pheu Thai will form a coalition without them. That is suicide. We all know it, and the only way that happens is if Thaksin sees this as his last chance. But a more likely scenario no one seems to be entertaining is more of a compromise coalition.
Pita gets disqualified as PM, and Pheu Thai leads the coalition. Notably, all the coalition members remain the same (meaning no Prawit or Anutin), however, Pheu Thai is now coalition leader and Sretta gets to be PM.
Doesn't this sound like a much easier story to tell? Pheu Thai can then tell the palace that they will keep MFP in check, and Thaksin gets to come home. Most importantly, this isn't suicidal for the party.
I think Pita can be PM.He speak polite but his eyes are that of samurai.
Not only Pita,Thanarton will not forgive junta leaders.
Thaksin family will never forgive Newin Cidchob and his family too.
Dinosaurs will fade away near future.
Looks like 'Sengoku Jidai(戦国時代)'
Very helpful article. Thank you! Will you please follow up and report on the events of this past July and the prospects moving forward? From afar, it seems Thailand is more unsettled now than at any time in the past 50 years. Thank you again.
Btw who chooses Thai army chief? If the next chief will be not be choosen by Move Forward then there is no chance of any changes. Move Forward will rule but if they try to reform military, monarchy or business tycoons, the king will order new coup and thats all.