Not one single person in Thailand was shocked today when the Constitutional Court ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine of her cabinet ministers to get on their bikes.
Amid murmurings of ‘judicial coup’, the court ruled unanimously that Shinawatra had acted illegally when she punted her national security head and replaced him with her brother-in-law.
Certainly looks and smells like nepotism. And now she and all the Ministers in the cabinet at the time have paid a very high price..
It took the judges a good couple of hours to read their judgment, completely in Thai, maybe in an attempt to show they’d thought long and hard before handing down their dubious judgment.
As of tonight the caretaker PM is the current commerce minister, Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan. Shinawatra was defiant in her post-impeachment news conference, but can’t stay on.
Her party can remain in government, though, and it fully intends to do so. That may prevent the predicted uprising from red shirt supporters, although they’re still mad as hell about the court decision.
The pressure is now on the opposition parties, who have waged this anti-democratic campaign for six months now to remove Shinawatra. Now she’s gone, there should be no reason why they shouldn’t contest elections set down for July 20.
To still refuse to do so would out them as the undemocratic rabble many are accusing them of being. They’ve not won an election in a very long time, and find that a very bitter pill to swallow. Unable to win power via the ballot box, they have shown they’re prepared to shut down Thailand as a means to achieve their ends.
Away from the politics, thunderstorms are arriving in Bangkok on a daily basis. They are truly wonderful, not just because they provide welcome relief from the blistering heat, but because they sound, look, and smell spectacular.
It’s still bloody hot though.