Socialist Worker

Court coup removes Thai prime minister

by Giles Ji Ungpakorn
Issue No. 2403

Ousted---Yingluck Shinawatra

Ousted---Yingluck Shinawatra (Pic: Landtagsprojekt Bayern)

Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was overthrown last week on a legal technicality. Yingluck is the sister of former populist Thai prime minister Taksin Shinawatra.

She was ousted by the unelected Constitutional Court, which claimed she “did not have the right” to transfer a government official.

But Democrat Party opposition politicans who killed scores of pro-democracy protesters have never been charged. Nor have those who took part in the military coup that overthrew Taksin in 2006.

The political crisis over the last eight years has proved that being in government does not mean controlling the state.

There has been one coup by the army and three judicial coups.

But Yingluck, Taksin and their Pua Thai Party have no intention of leading a real fight for democracy. Their aim is to rejoin the elite who now run the state.

Any real struggle must come from the Red Shirt Movement.

But they need leadership separate from Pua Thai and Taksin. Power must come from being allied with the working class and linking it with the rural farmers.


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