General Wit Thephasadin Na Ayudhya has been through his fair share of Thai political party drama lately.
At the start of this year, he was the chief strategist for the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP). He then did a short stint as the head of the Thai Economics Party, the PPRP breakaway party formed by Captain Thammanat Promphao, but that did not last too long as tension between the two men burst into the open quickly, leading Gen Wit to resign his post.
Now, he heads the Ruam Paendin Party, which he has hinted is willing to support Prawit Wongsuwan, the acting prime minister, for the premiership at the next election if he is still healthy.
That was a dizzying array of party names and political figures, to be sure, and it encapsulates the current flux in Thailand’s political party landscape. Longstanding parties have uncertain futures. New parties are emerging. And yet other parties that seem new at first glance are already considering closing up shop.
What is happening in the world of Thailand’s political parties?