Saturday, January 17, 2009
If Thaksin becomes adviser, Pheau Thai Party risks dissolution...a 'hat trick?'
Nobody in the know has any doubt that the Phuea Thai Party belongs to Thaksin Shinawatr. But he is officially banned from any involvement in politics for five years (three and half years left for all the 111 for Thai Rak Thai Party's executives). The court verdict to jail him for two years over the Rajda land case adds to that complication, of course.
So, when Pheau Thai's chief whip Vittaya Buranasiri floated a new balloon by suggesting that the party may invite Thaksin to become "adviser" to the party, the immediate reaction from one key executive of the Nation Election Commission, Sodsri Sattayatham, was prompt and clear:
"If that happens, Pheau Thai could face dissolution," she said.
I don't think Thaksin wants to walk down that road again. His Thai Rak Thai Party was disbanded because of election fraud by one of the party's executive. Then, People's Power Party met a similar fate a few years later. Does he really want do perform a "hat trick? by serving as an adviser to Pheau Thai?
I think he is more clever than that. But you can never be sure.