Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Will Thailand's government relocate to Chang Mai?

Is Thailand about to get a temporary, second capital?

As far as I know they are only rumors. And I normally don't report rumors. But I will make an exception in this case.

Because intuitively these rumors not only make a certain amount of sense, they highlight the predicament facing the government of Thailand.

With protesters occupying Government House and having surrounded parliament, there is now speculation that Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat might move his government to the northern city of Chang Mai. Chang Mai is a friendly, easy-going town with a somewhat cooler climate than Bangkok.

Such a move makes a certain amount of sense. That's because much of the opposition to the PPP led government is concentrated in Bangkok. Chang Mai, on the other hand, is PPP territory. The anti-democratic PAD-led street demonstrators would surely not be made to feel welcome in Chang Mai.

More on the PAD protest violence here.

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