Marcos, Suharto, Thaksin: corrupt leaders who held power through elections

Marcos, Suharto, and then Thaksin? –, July 2, 2014
…Trying to draw parallelisms among the three leaders is a slippery slope. But this view of Thaksin as the ultimate problem that colors Thai politics is a major factor behind the acceptance, relief and support for the May coup – even though coups are an abnormal means of changing a country’s political leadership of in modern times.
Giving his insights into why acceptance of a coup is not uncommon, Nirun Pitakwatchara, a commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Thailand, explained that Thai society “likes to have someone come in (from the outside) and help them”. In an interview, he added: “This is a problem of society that must be corrected…”

Update: A reader adds some perspective: You sent out a link to this article purporting to compare Marcos and Thaksin. But the article doesn’t offer much of a comparison.
I’ve long wondered why no one has written about the parallels between the two leaders. The similarities between Marcos and Thaksin are many. Both were popularly elected and, initially, admired for their intelligence and audacity. Both were later accused of looting the public purse to fund vote buying. Both used populist policies favoring rural voters. Both presided over robust economic growth driven by government borrowing. Both led administrations accused of around 3,000 extrajudicial executions. Both established their own red shirt wearing cult of personality. Both presided over administrations that pinned murder charges on their primary political opponents (Aquino and Suthep/Abhisit).
In 1986, after claiming fraud and voting irregularities, the perpetually losing opposition in Philippines elections walked out of parliament and set up an alternative government. This started what has later been known as the People Power Revolution to bring down the Marcos regime. Marcos eventually fled the country after losing support in the military. I would not be surprised if the Whistleblower leaders studied the People Power Revolution carefully before embarking on their quest to remove Thaksin’s influence on Thai politics.

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