Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chavalit on comeback trail?

Is he really making a comeback? Rumours started to circulate yesterday that former Premier Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh had been approached by Thaksin Shinawatra to return to politics by taking up a Cabinet portfolio related to security affairs. The surprise twist didn't appear to have stunned Premier Yingluck who didn't confirm or deny the story. That probably means there was something to the story. She told reporters that nothing of that sort of taking place now. But then she went on to say that Gen Chavalit was an experienced man and could be helpful although she didn't say how or when or why. Gen Chavalit hasn't been seen in public for a while. Now you see him, now you don't. Obviously, he wasn't going to disappear completely from the political scene. It doesn't really matter whether he was once a prime minister and that if he takes up any post in the Yingluck Cabinet, it would be a big come-down. Once you have decided to serve the country as a politician, you would have to check your ego at the door. I know what you are probably thinking. But I won't bet on it!

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