Thursday, August 21, 2014

Iraq, Turkey, and Thailand: fighting parallel states with new prime ministers

As the world waits to see if new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi can keep his country together, other newly elected PMs will soon flex their muscles for domestic control.

Thailand's army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has been voted into the position, just three months after he led a coup.
Political analysts say the army is now likely to devise a more-limited form of democracy before allowing elections, which Gen. Prayuth has slated for the end of 2015. In this sense, this latest coup differs from the 2006 putsch, when the army quickly handed power back to a civilian administration. Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a professor at Japan's Kyoto University and a critic of the May coup, argues that the army's goal now is "to ensure that Thaksin's proxies will not be returning to politics again."
Meanwhile, Turkish president-elect (and former PM) Tayyip Erdogan has nominated Foreign Minister (and fellow AKP member) Ahmet Davutoglu to take his place:
Erdogan vowed to back Davutoglu in fighting the "parallel state" he blames for plotting against him with a corruption scandal earlier this year, and in advancing a peace process with the country's Kurdish minority.
Incidentally, former Irish PM Albert Reynolds has passed away.
The high point of his political career came in 1993 when, as prime minister, he signed the Downing Street Declaration in London with his British counterpart, John Major, paving the way for an Irish Republican Army cease-fire the next year and a Loyalist cease-fire shortly afterward.

To those who considered the obstacles insurmountable after centuries of fighting, Mr. Reynolds said, “I don’t mind if others think I’ll fail, when I believe the greatest prize of all, peace, is still achievable.”
Perhaps Al-Abadi could learn a thing or two.

No comments:

Like What You Read? Share It.

Share |