60% support proposal for “neutral” prime minister. Former two-time prime minister Anand Panyarachun received the most support for the job of prime minister if a neutral person is needed to bring the country out of political crisis, in an opinion survey conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration, or NIDA Poll.
Now what the poll failed to mention is Mr. Anand had shown support for the military coup in 2006. This coup resulted in the undemocratic removal of an elected Prime Minister, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra. While neutrality is an abused word in Thailand, Mr. Anand is in fact not a neutral politician, and no “neutral” person will ever support an army’s illegal endeavour to destroy democracy.