Into the political fray

Into the political fray

In less than five years, army lifer Prayut Chan-o-cha transformed himself from the general who denied there ever would be a military coup into the smooth-shmoozing politician who might be premier for life. (Bangkok Post file photos)
In less than five years, army lifer Prayut Chan-o-cha transformed himself from the general who denied there ever would be a military coup into the smooth-shmoozing politician who might be premier for life. (Bangkok Post file photos)

Last June 30, the sometimes-accurate online Wikipedia updated the opening line of its entry on the general prime minister. For the first time, the introduction read, "Prayut Chan-o-cha is a Thai politician..." Before that, according to Wikipedia, Gen (Ret) Prayut was just a retired army general and head of the military junta -- which is what he claimed to be.

But then last Monday, in a day that will live in infantry, the DL announced that it would please him to no end to become a politician in the event of a possible election. "I'll let you all know later who I will support."

He had promised this disclosure for September release. The revelation that he has no intention of either returning to the barracks or doing what old soldiers do surprised no one. Similarly, his coming announcement that he will "support" (English translation: micromanage) the Palang Pracharath Party won't be surprising, given that it exists only for that purpose.

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Alan Dawson

Online Reporter / Sub-Editor

A Canadian by birth. Former Saigon's UPI bureau chief. Drafted into the American Armed Forces. He has survived eleven wars and innumerable coups. A walking encyclopedia of knowledge.


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