Tailandia se convierte en república bananera

BANGKOK – “El futuro de Tailandia está en juego”, declaró el eminente académico tailandés Thitinan Pongsudhirak justo antes de que el Tribunal Constitucional del país resolviera que el partido en el poder, el Partido del Poder del Pueblo, y sus dos compañeros más pequeños de coalición eran “ilegales” y por lo tanto debían ser disueltos debido a los “fraudes electorales” cometidos por funcionarios del partido hace un año. Los líderes del partido, incluyendo al Primer Ministro, Somchai Wongsawat, quedaron inhabilitados para ejercer la política durante cinco años.

Con ese único golpe cayó el gobierno tailandés que fue electo popularmente. Ahora el Parlamento debe reconstituirse sin tres de los partidos leales a Somchai.

En la crisis actual de Tailandia, la historia se está repitiendo, ya que el PPP bajo Somachai era el mismo partido Thai Rak Thai (los Tailandeses Aman a los Tailandeses) formado por el derrocado Primer Ministro Thaksin Shinawatra, un personaje muy odiado por la élite de Bangkok. El PPP se creó porque el TRT había sido declarado ilegal cuando Thaksin fue depuesto.

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