A dream of the People Power Party

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 power.
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