Ngu hao (งูเห่า) or ‘cobra’ in Thai political culture means renegade politicians who betray their colleagues or the trust of people who elected them, in order to reap the benefits from joining a government coalition.
Chuan Leekpai, a senior member from the Democrat Party and former Prime Minister of Thailand, was elected by the House of Representatives as its Speaker on Saturday (May 25). Election of Chuan Leekpai as House Speaker shows rifts in both power blocs.
Panel discussion “Middle Classes in Southeast Asia : Hegemony and Illiberalism” 11 July 2018, At the Chumbhot-Pantip Conference Room, 4th Floor Prajadhipok Building, Chulalongkorn University
Election? Another coup? People’s uprising? Where is Thailand heading? Academics have said that if the military decides to prolong its regime, a people’s uprising is inevitable.
It is understandable that many people are literally obsessed about what will be the next political twist and turn. They are concerned about whether caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Cabinet will today be removed by the Constitutional Court, whether there will an election, and what will happen to Thailand if there is yet another military coup following any further bloody confrontation between political supporters from both sides. It is not good enough, however, to be lost and obsessed about
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It seems they have belatedly recognized that their message wasn’t getting across to a foreign audience. Talk of overthrowing a democratically elected government in order to create a democratic form of government wasn’t exactly the clearest of messages. So the newly mis-named Civil Movement for Democracy has decided to use one of its great strengths – the superior education of its supporters.
In a Thai Post interview published on 20 Sept, Kasian Techaphira of Thammasat University’s Political Science Faculty talks about the drastic changes in Thai politics over the last few years since the coup on 19 Sept 2006. With the unprecedented phenomenon of two large mass movements rallying on the streets, he argues that these people need to be brought into formal politics as mass political parties, but this is not allowed under the existing political system; so a new political reform is needed to accommodate them. However, the elite, frightened of mass movements and of the red shirts in particular, are not ready for reform, he says.