Coup de theatre : Democrat Party announces a new “Frankenstein” coalition

Ladies and gentlemen, the thai democracy in action ! After military coup, judicial coup, silent coup, mini coup, half coup, airport coup, bored coup here is the bozo coup !

Ingredients for this great recipe of “nouvelle cuisine” ? Money, betrayal, will of power and a pinch of Lalaland.

The Democrat Party and representatives of smaller parties Saturday announced a coalition government of at least 250 MPs.

Democrat secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban held a press conference at the Sukho Thai Party in the evening.

Representatives from the former Chart Thai, former Matchima Tipataya, Ruamjai Thai Chart Pattana, Puea Pandin and the Friends of Newin faction were present at the press conference.

Sanan Kachornprasart, who represents the Char Thai, said the coalition of the defunct People Power Party could not run the country so the Chart Thai decided to switch side for the sake of the country.

Sanan said the Chart Thai listened to the call from all walks of life for former partners of the People Power to switch side to tackle the divisiveness among Thais and to tackle economic crisis. (Nation)

After hours of negociations, and huge amounts of money, it seems that this coalition could form the new government. But watch out, the movie has not ended yet… We could have many more developments… And surprises.

In any case, what this “monster Frankenstein” government would be able to achieve ? Nothing of course.

Welcome to the institutionalized instability.

And when (if) we will have new elections… this “Frankenstein” government will be wiped out.

Play it again, Sam.

22 Responses to “Coup de theatre : Democrat Party announces a new “Frankenstein” coalition”

  1. 1 chinesethai 6 December 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Now we’ve got the answer why Potjaman returned to Thailand out of the blue. Likewise, Thaksin-backed UDD Red Shirts are very angry because they have got to achieve more to be able to extort more money from Thaksin.

    A question remain…..

    In what status are ex-Chartthai, PPP, Ruamjaithai MPs joining the Dem’s coalition since their parties are all gone?

  2. 2 fall 6 December 2008 at 12:58 pm

    If the Dem manage to pull it off put Abhisit as PM. The one and only thing for him to do is dissolve the parliament, per his earlier demand.
    Even though ex-PM Somchai had been found wanting in EVERY area, at least he have dignity to keep going until the end. If Abhisit does not dissolve parliament after become PM, he would be nothing but a puppet and a manwhore(no offence, Deuce Bigalow).
    So there will be a slight chance that the Dem might not pick Abhisit, may be Chuan(or am I dreaming)?

    But, alas, politicians and their words.
    Here’s looking at you, kid.

  3. 3 Gloomy Observer 6 December 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I still don’t get how this works: there are byelections due soon that will alter the balance of the parties again. In the last parliament even if all the opposition went with Democrats the PPP still had a majority. Let’s presume the Peau Thai win all the byelections and also take some seats from Chart Thai (which is about to be find out what running against Peau Thai is like)…

    …surely then by January the government will fall. What can it achieve before then? Dissolve the house? Then Peau Thai also win big again, and all those who just jumped ship have to run against it.

    I really understand the deep desire for this administration in certain quarters, but I just can’t understand how it can possibly work or achieve anything other than consolidate Peau Thai as an electoral force over the medium term. Am I missing something?


  4. 4 FDL 6 December 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Let us see how the new political theatre plays out.

    It is the Reds turn this time and their color should make Thai christmas festive and noisy. T’is the Season to be jolly . . la la la la la la.

    I can’t wait for the New Year political bang bang!

  5. 5 thaioutsidein 6 December 2008 at 1:48 pm

    pad, democrats, and royalists have achieved their objective.

    but they can only buy time. majority of thais still blindly support thaksin. and the true leader of “Frankenstein” is old and fading.

    unless there’s another bozo coup, we, thai people, will at least get short term stability. red shirts leader veera already said he would accept this coalition since it is not against constitution (but will still go ahead with the rally next week)

    drama continues

  6. 6 Gloomy Observer 6 December 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I think this only makes sense if the constitution court rules that party list MPs cannot be replaced; then the Democrats refuse to hold a new election and run the shop for a few years with far fewer MPs than the 480 we should have.

    Is this the “way forward”?

    With the economy about to collapse, it will be like 1997 all over again – and I guess the 2000/01 election result will be re-run in 2011/12 the way things look now…

  7. 7 Bedwyr 6 December 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Right now I do not think Abhisi will want to call an election. If he does he will get demolished and he must know this. I suspect that those who changed camps ought to enjoy their last stint in parliament.

    Even though I said to watch Newin Chidchob, I did not suspect he would do this. perhaps they are trying to engineer a take-over?

    Othello. Bewildering.


  8. 8 ThaiCrisis 6 December 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Gloomy Observer : I’m as confused as you… I don’t understand.
    The only way would be the “manwhore” hypothesis of our friend Fall : AKA no elections.

    Otherwise, as I wrote, this Frankenstein gvt will not last.

    As for the by elections, it’s going to be a good test. I believe also that the PPP could receive a serious boost (I think many voters are very, very angry… and those “frankenstein” negociations will make them even more angry).

  9. 9 Bedwyr 6 December 2008 at 2:43 pm

    The Royal Household Bureau announced Saturday that His Majesty’s condition improved and his fever subsided.

    In its second statement, the bureau said his temperature was lower than the temperature Friday.

    The statement said His Majesty had mild coughing.

    The Nation

    Hmmm. Perhaps Bedwyr is losing his mojo. Time will tell.


  10. 10 ThaiCrisis 6 December 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Watchout with the “sovietology” science…

    -“temperature lower than friday” doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have temperature anymore

    -and “mild coughing” could be a new negative development (at least, it was not mentioned in yesterday statement).

  11. 11 thaioutsidein 6 December 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Gloomy Observer:

    “In the last parliament even if all the opposition went with Democrats the PPP still had a majority.”

    – This is not true. PPP won 233 out of 480 seats in December 2007 election
    – On top of this, Nevin faction will switch side
    – Combined coalition with Democrats, former Chart Thai, former Matchima Tipataya, Ruamjai Thai Chart Pattana, Puea Pandin and the Friends of Newin faction are projected to have ~250 seats (quote Suthep)

  12. 12 Bedwyr 6 December 2008 at 5:48 pm

    s for the by elections, it’s going to be a good test. I believe also that the PPP could receive a serious boost (I think many voters are very, very angry… and those “frankenstein” negociations will make them even more angry).

    Ain’t that the truth.

    I have a friend going up to the North next week, I expect him to say the Thais up there are enraged. I bet the police have the roadblocks up.

    Wheee! You seriously could not make this shit up. If you read it is a book you would shake your head and say “Nah, couldn’t ever happen, not in *real* life”.


  13. 13 Soi watcher 7 December 2008 at 1:03 am

    Is it true what the rumors said that acting PM Chaowarat has been arrested by the military so he cannot dissolve the House? If this is the case, handsome guy abhisit M-7 must not try to eat his words and should dissolve the parliament ASAP when he really becomes PM as Suthep claims.

    Everyone knows the Democracts are opportunists — they like to fish in troubled waters. They never win elections but they became govt after the 1997 economic crisis when Chavalit stepped down.

  14. 14 chinesethai 7 December 2008 at 2:12 am

    If Abhisit is a manwhore, Somchai would have been the Super Manwhore, worse.

  15. 15 chinesethai 7 December 2008 at 2:41 am

    This morning, about a hundred armed men in UDD Red Shirts gathered in Taling-Chan Area in Western Bangkok, blocking a road and causing traffic jam. They carried small machine guns and shot for the sky.

    Someone here still thinks they are the force for democracy.


  16. 16 Gloomy Observer 7 December 2008 at 2:58 am

    yeah, but cabinet members can’t vote on some issues, if I remember right, so that is well below 240 for some key votes IF all the opposition jump ship to a man…I still don’t see how this bird can fly, or where it can fly to…

  17. 17 Wow 7 December 2008 at 3:04 am

    Well…well…well…don’t worry the end of Thaksin and his cronies is coming none too soon.

    to be continue….

  18. 18 FDL 7 December 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I peeked at Bangkok Pundit and I was appalled. Bangkok Pundit mentioned the sum of Baht 40,000,000 price per MP as the going rate in the haggling behind closed doors. Is there truth to this?

    Who in his insane mind will pay that much money just to get or be in the new coalition government? And to pay Newin and his goons Baht 40,000,000 each just for the (ugh!) pleasure of their company – – – that does NOT make sense.

    But it seems over at Bangkok Pundit that (Baht 40,000,000 price per MP) is the only thing that makes political sense in Thailand.

    Maybe I should really be joining Chamlong’s PAD and rooting for their new ‘new politics’. Yes I should too . . . that 70/30 formula of Chamlong S. now suddenly makes a lot of sense.

  19. 19 ThaiCrisis 7 December 2008 at 1:18 pm

    To be fair it’s not BP himself who reported this amount : he quoted the thai newspaper Matichon.

    As for “insane”, I don’t think so. Everything has a price, particularly in Thailand. The army and other interests want to crush the ex-TRT/ex-PPP. Once and for all. But the army is not very keen on making a coup. Therefore… a “sudden” change in alliance within the House could do the trick.

    For that matter, what are 40 millions THB ? Billions of THB ? Nothing.

    And even if those amounts are not true… you can be sure that something has been promised to the defectors. Something big, something attractive enough… Positions ? Cash ? Whatever.

    They will be rewarded.

  20. 20 FDL 7 December 2008 at 2:51 pm

    And TC do you think ‘everything has a price’ is normal and that Baht 40 million per MP is normal democracy? I know I am being unfair posing you this question TC but over at The Economist they have headlined the Thai monarchy and the ongoing Thailand crisis with the conclusion mind you: ” Thailand’s interminable political conflict has much to do with the taboo subject of its monarchy.”

    Now somebody explain to me how to connect the dots . . specifically the Baht 40,000,000 per MP Thai democracy and the taboo subject of its monarchy.” These are totally separate issues.

    Thailand’s ridiculous lese majeste laws sure are undemocratic. But elected politicians selling their souls for Baht 40,000,000 is democracy that is abnormal, unacceptable and totally repugnant.

  21. 21 chinesethai 7 December 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Satian Jantimathorn, not Surachai.

  22. 22 ThaiCrisis 7 December 2008 at 3:42 pm

    FDl : don’t get me wrong. I never said that it was normal ! I mean, I’m the first to speak about “coup” (“bozo” fair enough, but still a coup) and “frankenstein coalition”. Those are not really positive words…

    As for the politicians. What is more immmoral ? The one who is bought ? Or the one who buys ?…

    I think the answer is obvious : both.

    My point : the fact that politicians can be “bought”, doesn’t mean that someone or something can declare… that democracy is wrong and act unilaterally, like using this fact as an excuse to justify… a coup for instance.

    Because if you start to think like that, then you open some dark doors…

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