Monday, December 24, 2007

Pro Thaksin Party Wins Thai Elections

story from the PDI

The obvious questions are:

Can Thaksin actually return to power in Thailand?
What will the generals do if he does?
What can Thaksin do to the generals if he does?

But the most interesting part of the story to me is this the description of the Chart Thai party:
"The party is known popularly as "the eel" because of its history of slippery alliances based more on political convenience than ideology."
Who the heck votes for a party that is known for acts on political convenience rather than ideology? Most Philippine parties are actually like that but at least they pay lip service to being pro poor and pro-Filipino. How does a party like that campaign?

I think were missing something that will make Chart Thai's role in Thai politics more intelligible.

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