Thai King Warns that his Nation May Fall

26 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Thai King Warns that his Nation May Fall</h1><p>May 26 (LPAC) -- In a rare direct intervention into the political situation, the King of Thailand went on national television May 24, warning that the nation may "fall" if the junta-appointed Constitutional Court rules this coming Wednesday to dissolve the two leading political parties.</p><p>The case arose after the May 2006 elections were ruled unconstitutional. Both major political parties, the Thai Rak Thai of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and the opposition Democratic Party, were charged with election crimes. In his televised speech to the judges of the Administrative Court, the highest court in the nation, King Bhumibol Adulyadej instructed the judges (according to a translation by the <em>Bangkok Post</em> ) that, although neither they nor the King himself have any official power over the Constitutional Court judges, they nonetheless "have the duty to criticize," although "you cannot do it officially, but privately," in order to "prevent the country from sinking like in the past." The King said: "If you don't do anything, the country will fall." Although he could not state his own view on the matter officially, the King made clear that he believed "political parties need to exist."</p><p>The unrest against the junta has increased, as it is feared that if the parties are disbanded, the election promised for later this year will be postponed. Demonstrators from the Northeast, the stronghold of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin, are planning to travel to Bangkok for the decision Wednesday, but the junta has set up checkpoints to block their entry to the capital.</p><p>Rumors of a possible second coup by the junta, against its own appointed government, are rampant, such that both the junta and the government leaders are forced to discuss the possibility openly. Sources have told EIR that the courageous stand by the Thai government in the fight over generic HIV/AIDS drugs is the only thing holding the country together at this point.</p></div></body>