Courtship rituals fail to impress

Courtship rituals fail to impress

Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, former environment minister under the Pheu Thai government, has reportedly been heavily pressured by ex-Thai Rak Thai politician Suriya Jungrungreangkit to join the pro-military faction. (Photo IISD.org)
Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, former environment minister under the Pheu Thai government, has reportedly been heavily pressured by ex-Thai Rak Thai politician Suriya Jungrungreangkit to join the pro-military faction. (Photo IISD.org)

Thailand is on track to hold a long-awaited general election by February next year if everything goes as planned, with politicians resorting to tricks of old as the polling day nears.

Every time a general election is announced, political parties with ambition of winning the poll try to siphon off former MPs from other parties begin. When I see this, I think the country is stuck in old-style dirty, (nam nao) politics mode. Last week, former Maha Sarakham MP Prayuth Siripanich told the media that about 40 % of former MPs in the Northeast from his Pheu Thai Party were being courted to join the Pracharath Party, seen as a potential vehicle to support Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to be the next prime minister after the election.

Anucha Charoenpo is news editor, Bangkok Post.

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