Criticism from all directions hit Suthep Thaugsuban after he announced what he would do should the anti-government movement succeed in unseating the Yingluck government.
The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) would take over state power, he said, and as its representative, he would present the name of a new prime minister to His Majesty and countersign the royal approval himself.
The announcement was criticised as a huge misstep. It contradicted what Mr Suthep had publicly promised throughout the five-month long protest. Once Yingluck Shinawatra gave up the premiership, he promised he would end the protest and never accept any political position.