Under the constitution, post-election Thailand would have a military-appointed senate and elected lower house. A prime ministerial candidate must achieve a majority in a joint vote of both chambers, making it challenging for Pheu Thai to emerge with the leader even if it takes control of the lower house.
“Before this, three years ago, these people would vote against us, but now some of these people will vote for us,” Phongthep said. “We can say we are one of the parties which stands firm against a non-democratic regime.”
Some quick thoughts on this:
- Is the politicking beginning now?
- It’s not the first time that Pheu Thai is viewed favourably in the Western Media
- Thailand’s growth has been rubbish since 2012, one reason is the populist policies by Yingluck’s government that pulled a lot of demand forward
- The military has done ok, the watch scandal is incredibly stupid on their part
- When will elections occur? No idea, I posted a month or so ago, Random Thoughts: Elections, that I didn’t believe it would happen within 2018 because of the necessary legal timeline + other events that have yet to occur
- Who is the next political leader that can actually drive the country forward? This Phongthep is an unknown, the Democrats with Abhisit are meh. So…the options are just rubbish, it’s the military’s to lose, then again the same was said for Hilary Clinton.