Say goodbye to the ‘Old Ginger’ government

Say goodbye to the ‘Old Ginger’ government - translated and summarized from Matichon, February 2, 2008
The Surayud Chulanont Government has already passed over the reins of power to a new administration. The newly-appointed Prime Minister is Samak Sundaravej, the leader of the People Power Party. Some members of the Surayud Government, however, may not be relishing the relinquishment of their posts - while others will feel relieved at the removal of a burden from their shoulders.
If we were to review the military-appointed Surayud administration in an entirely positive and rather uncritical light, we would mention that his sixteen-month government worked hard to explain the reasons for the military coup to the rest of the world. We would also say that his administration tried hard to ease such major problems as the downturn in the economy, the southern unrest and the increasing disunity among Thais.
Considered in a more critical light, however, the Surayud Government failed to pass the exam. During its sixteen-month tenure, it was hardly able to initiate any truly proactive approaches in managing the country’s affairs. Indeed, several ministers were driven to resign their posts through their perception of the inefficiency of the ‘Old Ginger’ administration.

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