Monday, April 18, 2011
Two old men and Thaksin
Two senior citizens -- Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh and Snoh Thienthong -- have joined hands to "stay away" from Pheau Thai Party. In other words, they want to distance themselves from Thaksin Shinawatra.
That's an interesting turn of events. Only last week, Snoh was openly supporting Pheau Thai -- so much so that he indicated that he might make his Pracharaj Party an alliance with Pheau Thai.
But suddenly, the senior politician, who had beeen switching between criticizing Thaksin and jumping onto his side, said yesterday that he had decided to stay put after having called Gen Chavalit for a chat about their relationship with Thaksin, Pheau Thai and the red shirts.
Chavalit's close aids told reporters that he had been disturbed by some red-shirt leaders' public statements about the monarchy and despite his private attempts to tone them down, he has seen no signs of letting up.
Latest reports today say Thaksin is desperately trying to talk to the two senior citizens to clear the air.