Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sleepless in Hong Kong
He has just sneaked into Hong Kong from Singapore after having visited Nicaragua. Thaksin Shinawatra is now a real opposition leader in exile. He met several groups of his Pheau Thai's MPs here today, apparently spearheading the no-confidence debate against the Abhisit government.
The timing couldn't have been more obvious. The "red-shirted" protestors have called for another major rally on Feb 24. That will coincide with the Asean Summit in Hua Hin (Feb 28-March 1). Then comes the opposition's censure debate in the House in early March.
Thaksin has called the Hong Kong special meeting to make sure all the anti-government activities will be properly coordinated. First, he will have to decide who's going to be his nominee to run the opposition party. Then, he will have to decide how to make sure that all the financial needs for his political drives back in Bangkok will be met.
You don't need to be a political pundit to know what's going to happen next. Whoever turns up in Hong Kong will be considered the real "insiders." And the real Pheau Thai Partt leader will be one of them. That's for sure.