Thai Politic looks hazy after the election today (December 23, 2007)
It is now cleared that the former ousted Premier Taksin Shinawatana by the military coup and his nominated Plalang Prachachon (People’s Power) party has won the election. The total unofficial counts now stand at 230 out of the 480 Parliamentary seats for Plalang Prachachon Party.
Party leader Samak Soontorawed has appeared on the television to announce his victory and his readiness to take over the Prime Minister ship. No one in Thailand has any doubt that Samak is not the real Party leader, but only the puppet of the former Premier Taksin now hiding in England.
Samak admitted that his Boss Taksin called him today to congratulate his winning.
Earlier, Samak give an interview to CNN that he will form the Government soon. Taksin will then return. He also said he might pass an amnesty of him at appropriate time and circumstance.
The atmosphere is indeed tense. Taksin will certainly return to power through Samak. Will he also take revenge for what he has been treated? Or will he at least take a strong defense position to take back his huge fortune now pending decision in the court. The stake is very high.
Earlier, there was news on the television that Military clique had summoned the two other political parties with a combined seats of about 65 for a meeting. There is a lobby for the two not to join with Samak to form Government.
NGO groups, technocrats and educated middle class voted for the Democratic Party will not welcome the return of Taksin too. It was these groups of people that started to ignite the corruption accusation against Premier Taksin Shinawatana and led to the eventual military coup.
The votes also show a clear division of Thailand. The poorer North and North Eastern regions gave almost all their votes to the Plalang Prachachon Party. The better educated middle class in the capital city Bangkok and the Muslim dominated South, on the other hand, voted against Plalang Prachachon Party. Some has tossed up the hypothesis of civil war.
What ever the outcome is, the situation will not be promising. There is uncertainty of trouble water ahead. I foresee chaos and social unless. I hope there will not be another military coup.