Politics by Proxy in Thailand
Shawn W. Crispin writes in Asia Times:
Ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s party has morphed into a new grouping under the leadership of a true dinosaur of Thai politics, Samak Sundaravej. Samak claims he won’t be doing Thaksin’s bidding in upcoming elections, but few are convinced. Arch-rival of Samak and elder statesman Prem Tinsulanonda will meanwhile have his military proxies, ensuring the country will remain on an unstable footing.