Thailand’s Winning Candidate for PM Blocked from Power: Implications for LGBTQ+ Community

The leader of Thailand's pro-reform party, Pita Limjaroenrat, was blocked from assuming power as the prime minister despite winning the most seats in the election. This article explores the political development, its impact on the LGBTQ+ community, and the ongoing challenges faced in advancing LGBTQ+ rights in Thailand.

The leader of Thailand’s Move Forward party, Pita Limjaroenrat, has been prevented from assuming power following a parliamentary vote. Despite his party winning the most seats in the May election, Pita’s appointment as prime minister required majority support from parliament, including unelected senators appointed by the military. Pita formed a coalition with other opposition parties, but fell short of the required threshold of 375 votes. Only 324 members supported him, while 182 voted against, and 199 abstained.

Although disappointed by the result, Pita expressed gratitude to the 13 senators who voted in line with the people’s voice. He vowed not to give up and stated his intention to strategize again. The livestreams of the vote drew angry comments from viewers, criticizing the senators for disregarding the people’s will and accusing the abstainers of wasting taxpayer money.

Move Forward had campaigned on a platform of major reform, including breaking up monopolies, ending military conscription, removing military influence from politics, and amending the law restricting criticism of the monarchy. However, the pledge to reform the monarchy sparked controversy among conservatives, and several senators cited it as a reason for not supporting Pita.

Despite the setback, Pita has the opportunity to run again in a repeat of the ballot scheduled for next week. However, analysts believe it will be challenging for him to gather enough support to pass in the second round, especially considering potential lobbying efforts from other senators.

In addition to the parliamentary obstacles, Pita is facing two legal cases in the constitutional court. One case alleges a breach of election rules due to his ownership of media shares, which he denies. The second case relates to his pledge to reform the lese-majesty law, which protects the monarchy from criticism. Critics argue that this pledge amounts to an attempt to overthrow the government. Thailand’s lese-majesty law is one of the strictest in the world, with severe penalties for criticism of the royals.

Pita maintains that the allegations against him are unproven and asserts his eligibility to become prime minister. He emphasizes his belief in the continuity of the Thai monarchy but expresses concern that the institution and the lese-majesty law are being exploited for political purposes. Pita calls for a mature approach to resolving the issue and finding a way to maintain good relations between the monarchy and the people in a modern democratic society.

The future of Thailand’s government remains uncertain, with the possibility of Pheu Thai, a coalition partner associated with exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra, putting forward a candidate in subsequent rounds of voting. While such a scenario may satisfy some voters seeking change, it is likely to trigger protests, particularly among young people who have been vocal in demanding democratic reforms.

The events in parliament have the potential to fuel public frustration and discontent, particularly among those who feel that the democratic process has been undermined. Demonstrators have already gathered in central Bangkok, demanding respect for their votes and expressing their determination to fight for a government elected by the people.

This political development holds significant importance for the LGBTQ+ community in Thailand. Pita Limjaroenrat and the Move Forward party have been vocal advocates for progressive policies, including the push for LGBTQ+ rights and the removal of discriminatory laws. Their campaign promised major reforms that would challenge societal norms and promote inclusivity and equality. The blocked attempt to assume power reflects the ongoing challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in their fight for recognition and acceptance. It highlights the resistance and conservative forces that continue to hinder progress in advancing LGBTQ+ rights in Thailand. The outcome of this political struggle resonates deeply with the LGBTQ+ community, underscoring the importance of continued activism and advocacy to secure equal rights and representation.

Elections in a democratic system It’s just an election, accepting the result, letting the winner do the job, waiting to see the results, complete the term, choose a new one, don’t have to do complicated things. It doesn’t look smart, it looks cheating. If you can’t do it, it’s considered embarrassing to many countries that spend money and time to develop the nation, livelihood, natural resources and humans. Instead of getting stuck in a political struggle that does not benefit the people at all Good politics is not the politics that are sly, cunning, cunning, hypocritical, but straightforward politics, Public service and truly respect the majority of the members of the land.

Tawan Vihokratana | Tay Via | Bl Actor Via Twitter

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