Radio Australia: Bangkok protests – Who is Suthep Thaugsuban?

Bangkok protests – Who is Suthep Thaugsuban? – Radio Australia, December 1, 2013
…So this is the quite incredible thing about the recent history of Thai politics. There were elections held in 2001, 2005, 2007 and then in 2011 and so on every occasion over more than a decade, the political parties allied to deposed Prime Minister Thaksin have come through very strongly. And I don’t think there would be any reason to imagine that in an election held say in the early months of 2014, that we would see any different kind of result.
And that’s why it’s so difficult for Suthep and those who are out on the streets of Bangkok, calling for parliament to be dissolved and calling for the Yingluck government to step down. They don’t have an electoral mechanism that they can confidently embrace in the hope of getting the reigns of power for themselves. Because if there is a poll, I think we’d all have to bet on a government or a former government spearheaded by former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in such a scenario coming through and doing very well at the polls. And that just basically puts us back in the same situation yet again.
It’s deja vu, but with this Thai style dynamic, which is dangerous, violent and in some cases at least, utterly unpredictable.

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