What is going on in ThailandWhat's going on in Thailand?
What is going on in Thailand?
When Bhumibol Adulyadej died, Rama IX, his legacy and father, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, should have been called King Rama X. Andrew MacGregor Marshall wrote that Thailand's follow-up fight is not over yet. After Bhumibol Adulyadej's murder last Thursday after 70 years on the crown, it was generally assumed that his wilful and disputed Vajiralongkorn would be appointed King Ramah X on the same time.
Instead, the Thai diktator Prayuth Chan-ocha said to the country that the throne was not prepared to become a sovereign. For the first the Chakri dictatorship, Thailand seems to be without a queen for a longer while.
The junta leaders Prayuth has said to the country that Vicajiralongkorn himself has asked for a detention to become president because he wanted to take a while to grieve Bhumibol. and Bhumibol had been a cerebral idiot for month. The Princess Sirindhorn, the nearest of all the Queen's sons, Bhumibol, was back at work on Monday.
No matter what the cause for the detention in Vajiralongkorn to become King, it is not because the throne is too sorry to rule. There is information from various resources with connections to the castle and the expanded imperial order, indicating that a clandestine battle for the successor of the sovereign, which has been bubbling under the surfaces of Thai policy for years, is not yet over - and therefore Vajiralongkorn has not yet been declared as king.
The 96-year-old former royal general Prem Tinsulanonda in particular tries to compel the throne to restrict his reign. A fierce foe to the Reigning Prince for many years, Prem's hostility to one another goes back to the time when Prem was premier between 1980 and 1988.
Prems right-wing extremist liberal group, together with the so-called Kingly Liberal Party in the circles of Anand Panyarachun and the Democratic Party in Bangkok, have been planning for years to stop Vajiralongkorn from becoming crown. In 2006 he had planned a coup d'état primarily designed to undermine Vajiralongkorn's successor perspectives and sabotage his relations with Thaksin.
However, Prem, Anand and other high-ranking Royalists were relentlessly antagonistic to the Coron Sovereign, as a US diplomacy wire leak from 2010 showed. In spite of his old age Prem has experienced a noteworthy return in recent month. In August and September he succeeded in convincing Prayuth to allow the nomination of Chalermchai Sittisart - a general loyally committed to Prem - to become the decisive hegemonite.
Like I said in an earlier memo about the King's line last week: It was the logical consequence of placing General Chalermchai Sittisart in this situation to appease him and his associates and those groups of soldiers annoying the Eastern Tigers and to avoid a counter-crash during the subsequent trial of the King.
a restless coalition with his old foe. Should he try to start a successor in secret, the nomination of his associate as military commander gives him full command of a strategic post. It now seems that Prém has actually started his little astonishment.
When Bhumibol's condition worsened drastically last weekend, Prem and his stooge Surayud Chulanont tried to compel the coronation prince to make some kind of com-promise. Prayuth broke off a trip to Chonburi and went back to Bangkok last Wednesday for a stressful encounter with Prem and Vajiralongkorn, who had just arrived from Munich and arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 12:30 pm on Thai Airways TG923 from Frankfurt.
Prlem still insisted that Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn be appointed next royal, but this was denied by Vanjiralongkorn and Prayuth. Prlem then suggested appointing the oldest of the daughters of Princess Bajrakitiyabha as royal. This dilemma is still unsolved, and that's why the Burmese government has said that Vajiralongkorn wants to postpone the king's election - the talks continue.
Vajiralongkorn said nothing in public, Prayuth claims to speak on his name. From a number of springs it seems highly unlikely that he can stop Vajiralongkorn from becoming president, and the talks now focus on the opportunity to revive the old stance of the UPARAY or the Assistant Emperor.
Prém wants Sirindhorn outaraja, as a kerb on Vajiralongkorn. He has thwarted the proposal that his older brother Ubolratana should become an assistant royal. So far the talks have stalled and Thailand has no kings. This controversial inheritance could do even more harm to the empire at a times when many Thais wonder whether the Palast plays a rewarding part in the post-Bhumibol-Thailand.
Editors note: According to a Bangkok postal report, Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday that Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be appointed to the throne after 15 years of grief.