Thailand’s Political Instability Connected to Monarchy’s Uncertainty
Wikileaks’ latest revelations have pointed to Monarchy’s uncertainty in Thailand. According a cable sent by the US ambassador to Thailand to Washington, three top political figures of Thailand expressed concerns about prospects of the crown prince assuming monarchy.
Two of the three figures are said to be senior advisers to the king. The ailing 83-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world’s longest-reigning current head of state. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn is in his late fifties. The ambassador’s cable quotes alleged conversations with General Prem Tinsulanonda, the head of the Privy Council, and two former prime ministers, Anand Panyarachun and Air Chief Marshall Siddhi Savetsila.
It says all three had quite negative comments about the crown prince and two of them – while asserting that the crown prince will become king – implied that the country would be "better off if other arrangements could be made" as per BBC news. The cable also cited concerns about the crown prince’s private life.
The ambassador’s conclusion in the cable is that "on the two most difficult and sensitive issues of the day in Thailand – ousted Prime Minister Thaiksin
Shinawatra and the monarchy – the Thai elite appear as unsure about the future as any other sector of society". He says chances are equal for all sides.
Analysts are of the view that the Wikileaks’ revelations suggest that the political problems in Thailand over past few years are somehow connected to these concerns about uncertainty of monarchy’s future. However, foreign ministry of Thailand issued a statement stating that they did not wish to give credence to the documents as they appear like gossips.