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Power of the three

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Shifting alliances, it's deliciously Machiavellian. There are no BFFs (best friends forever) in politics. Don't be surprised if the old establishment, the military and the Thaksin Shinawatra political machine make a pact to govern Thailand as a triumvirate, leaving the Democrat Party out in the cold. Don't be surprised if negotiations are already under way to achieve that. 

Incidents such as the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigating and then dropping the case of alleged asset concealment against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are merely part of the game _ negotiating parties taunt and threaten to put on a show of force in order to haggle out the best deal from a position of power.

This is speculation, not a prediction, another intellectual exercise in the form of educated guesses meant to ascertain what's behind how politics plays out. Remember, this is a world where players are sometime logical and sometimes erratic, but at all times motivated first by self-preservation and second by power.

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