A dream? - translated and summarized from Krungtep Turakit; Reporter No. 10, April 28, 2008
It appears that the People Power Party (PPP) is now almost certain to
succeed in its aggressive campaign to amend the 2007 Constitution. The
problem for PPP will now be how exactly they intend to make this
amendment happen. It is widely-believed that the PPP will press ahead
with its proposed plans to reinstate the entire 1997 Constitution -
with total disregard for any public objections. If this plan - as
secretly conceived by the ‘Boss’ himself - is successful, the merger of
three political parties seems inevitable. The ‘merging’ parties would
be the PPP, the Chart Thai Party and the Neutral Democratic Party [Pak
Matchima Thippathai]. Their merger would mean that around 300 MPs would
come under the control of a single party in the House of
Representatives. But before the constitutional amendments and the party
merger can take place, it may actually be necessary to dissolve
parliament - in the hope that a new election will soften the
electorate’s resistance to such drastic actions.
Rumors currently have it that either Pol. Gen. Chidchai Wannasathit or
Dr. Prommin Lertsuridet could soon be selected as the new leader of the
PPP - with the further possibility of Newin Chidchob becoming the
party’s Secretary-General, and Pongthep Thepkanchana being appointed as
the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Through such moves - the
rumor mill says - the way will be cleared for ‘Thaksin Fever’ to once
again grip the nation.
It seems, however, that former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is
becoming rather sick of the antics of his ‘nominee’ Prime Minister
Samak Sundaravej - whose popularity and influence is seemingly on the
wane. This increasing animosity between Thaksin and Samak will surely
have some impact on the former PM’s long-held dream of a return to
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