A Thai court has ordered the prime minister to quit for hosting TV cooking shows, but his party said it would re-elect him within the week and protesters vowed to keep up a campaign that has paralyzed the government.
Analysts said the guilty verdict should have provided at least a stop-gap solution to the crisis, but the likelihood of the stalemate dragging on for months will almost certainly take a further toll on Thailand’s financial markets.
Within minutes, the ruling People Power Party (PPP) brushed off the verdict and said it wanted parliament to meet on Friday to re-elect the 73-year-old as prime minister.
Protesters from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who accuse Samak of being a puppet of Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted as premier by the army in a 2006 coup, said they would not move from Government House, where they have barricaded themselves for two weeks…
The PAD, a mix of royalist businessmen, academics and activists united by their hatred of Thaksin, had hoped to bury Samak with the conflict of interest charges…
Another sad example of a former colonial property retaining all the worst of their former oppressors: monarchy, corruption, military always at hand to “sort” elections.
Democracy may be a frustrating taskmaster. It’s still our last best chance for freedom.