There is nothing to negociate, obviously.
But something is strange. Abhisit said he would agree to a House dissolution, but only in 9 months. Why such time frame ?
And this is non negotiable too.
Democrat Deputy Secretary-General Chamni Sakdiset, one of the government representatives attending talks with with the anti-government group, notes that a timeframe of nine months for a house dissolution proposed by the PM is non-negotiable. (PRD)
What could change in 9 months ? Is it just a mean to gain time ? 9 months just to avoid to say “never” ? 😉
Abhisit could have said : a dissolution is possible once we have amended the charter for instance. Did he go too far by giving a time line ?
From the government/army perspective… 9 months is no better than tomorrow or next week. They don’t want fresh elections. Period. Way too risky.
So why speaking about 9 months ?
Do they think that something could happen ?
Only one thing could “transform” the 9 months in “never”, at least delay a lot the time frame : the royal succession.
Anyway, the frustration, on both side, is surely huge. It’s very difficult to see any compromise, any significant move before the Big Event.
Think about it : the political circus started at the beginning of 2006 ! Four years. And counting.
From a tactical point of view, the government/army should give a few ministers to the opposition, in a “national unity” logic. That would be a smart move.