Debate can find way forward for Thai politics

Debate can find way forward for Thai politics –, May 26, 2015
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…The military group wants to resurrect a military-led authoritarian system, which was prevalent in the 1980s. Depending on a political alliance with the royal family and royalists, the military group can keep an eye on the legislature by appointing a certain number of senators, through which these elected political parties will be put under effective military oversight and restraint.
Thus, they argue, Thailand will be able to guarantee a stable environment and forge ahead with its middle- and long-term economic growth strategy. Besides, the system will effectively reduce pork-barrel politics and impulsive decision-making.
But the ousted Thaksin Shinawatra and his faction expect a restoration of election democracy. By relying on the financial support of capitalists and the majority farmers’ votes, Thaksin and his group can have a winner-takes-all result through the polls. In this way, Thaksin’s party can be the sole holder of administrative power as it was in 2005.
But the Democrat Party and urban middle-class elites want neither of these. They prefer a consultative democratic system which is different from a tyranny of the majority or a military dictatorship. They want to set up independent institutions, through constitutional review, to impose effective supervision on cabinet, parliament and the bureaucracy…

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