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Important questions regarding the Head of State In the present Thai political crisis it is vitally important that we debate and discuss the issue of what kind of Head of State is suitable. This is because whether it be the period of the Taksin government, the period of mass demonstrations against Taksin, or the period of Dictatorship after the September military coup, the Monarchy has been directly involved, whether by intention or not. The position of the ultra-conservatives that says that “we do not have the right” to discuss the role of the Head of State is an obstacle to political reform and should be opposed in the name of transparency and accountability of governance.

31 Liberals have constantly argued that the poor are not ready for democracy because they may use democracy to challenge the interests of the rich. 30 Arundhati Roy (2004) The ordinary person’s guide to Empire. Harper Perennial. P. 37 31 See Paul Foot (2005) The Vote. How it was won and how it was undermined. Penguin/Viking. ) in the early 1980s. , with its Stalinist-Maoist politics, was the dominant influence on the Peoples Movement. Like their sisters and brothers around the world, Thai activists reacted to the collapse of Communist Party both in terms of its failure and its authoritarian nature.

RoutledgeCurzon, and Ji Giles Ungpakorn (2002) From Tragedy to Comedy: Political Reform in Thailand. Journal of Contemporary Asia 32 (2), 191-205. 34 A Coup For the Rich Thailand’s political Crisis February to April 2006. The largest of these rallies was attended by up to 100,000 people. D. chose 5 leaders to lead the movement: 1. Sondhi Limtongkul: Conservative Royalist media tycoon and owner of the Manager Group. 2. Chamlong Simuang: Ex-Palang Tham Party leader, leading light in the Buddhist Santi Asoke movement and one of the leaders of the May 1992 democracy protest.

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