Saturday, January 5, 2008

The 2 "PPPs" in trouble

The First PPP in trouble is "Pakistan Peoples Party"

The party was founded in 30th Nov 1967 and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto became its first chairman. The party creed is: "Islam is our faith; democracy is our politics; socialism is our economy; all power to the people."

The Pakistan Peoples Party is considerably more liberal than other political parties in Pakistan and is known to fight for such issues as women's rights (its previous leader was a woman) and the rights of the poor and the oppressed.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on 27th Dec. Her son Bilawal, an Oxford University Undergrad, has been chosen to take over her Pakistan People's Party. Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari will runs the party when his son is away.

Her son is only 19 and legally not fit for election. Party members feel that he is too young to run the party. Whereas her husband has been repeatedly accused of corruption - though he denies the charges and has never been convicted in court. Meanwhile, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, their party vice-chairman would most probably be their candidate for prime minister.

Without the charismatic figure of Ms Bhutto, the party is in trouble for this coming election.

The second PPP in trouble is "People's Power Party"

On 29th Jul 07, some former Thai Rak Thai Party MPs agreed to contest the 2007 elections as candidates of the People's Power Party. This was after the Thai Rak Thai Party was dissolved by the Thai Supreme Court on May 30, 2007. Former Bangkok governor Samak Sundaravej was elected People's Power Party leader.

PPP won 233 of the 480 seats in December 23 polls and dealt a blow to the military, who tried to purge Thailand of Thaksin's influence after ousting him in a bloodless coup in September 2006.

PPP have faced charges of vote buying, that former TRT members banned from politics have appeared in public to support PPP and that several CDs banned have been distributed in rallies. Yesterday, Thailand's Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case accusing the People Power Party, which won recent elections, of being a proxy of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

This military is seemingly trying very hard to destroy PPP in a "legalised" way. PPP in trouble indeed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sonthi has reconciled with Thaksin. he called him, Brother. Tahk is coming back as nominated Prime Minister, is there such thing?