Suthep slams defence permanent sec

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban criticised Gen Nipat Thonglek on Sunday night for jumping the gun on elections.

The permanent secretary for defence told a government-backed political forum hours earlier that the Royal Thai Armed Forces were behind the poll on Feb 2 next year and added that their 400,000 personnel were ready to monitor the elections to ensure they are free and fair.

Gen Nipat echoed the military leaders' position in a meeting on Saturday.

But on stage at the Democracy Monument, Mr Suthep, who leads the People's Democratic Reform Committee, accused Gen Nipat of intentionally misinterpreting the message from the top officers.

"The permanent secretary for defence drew his own conclusion. The four did not say such a thing," he said, referring to the commanders of all forces, including Supreme Commander Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn and army leader Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Mr Suthep joined the forum held by the armed forces which drew academics, officials and the private sector to discuss ways break the political impasse.

He insisted that the military leaders did not support the poll on Feb 2 as claimed by Gen Nipat.

Gen Tanasak told a press conference on Saturday that the armed forces backed the poll on condition that it be free and fair. He also offered the setting up of a panel comprising representatives of all groups and experts to supervise the election for transparency and credibility.

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Discussion 1 : 16/12/2013 at 06:49 PM
The "purpose of the military" is to protect and defend a country, no matter what form of government that country has in force.
Discussion 2 : 16/12/2013 at 04:05 AM
The secretary general is in serious need of psychological counseling.
Discussion 3 : 16/12/2013 at 03:54 AM
This is truely shocking , the Thai military upholding the constitution !
Discussion 4 : 16/12/2013 at 01:43 AM
That is intimidation. You can't intimidate an elected government to step down so you can be a PM. Suthep is so hungry of POWER. If he really wants the power to be returned to People of Thailand, there is no other way beside election. In election, people can elect their representatives. But Thailand needs to improve free and fair election. It is the corruption that keeps Thailand in political battle against each party/clan.
Discussion 5 : 15/12/2013 at 11:25 PM
Who said the military supports feb 2?? Nipat does.. and Nipat is nothing but a Dubai crony….
Discussion 6 : 15/12/2013 at 11:06 PM
I have not seen this, but when this is true, and he want to abuse some one child for his own benefit.No matter which child. That shows what kind of a person he is, a low life. Hands off children, all children.
Discussion 7 : 15/12/2013 at 10:31 PM
mabye tomorrow he will tell us, he could send his snipers, again...if he is not arrested before. This man is evil.
Discussion 8 : 15/12/2013 at 10:19 PM
What's wrong with that if the military chief supports the Fed 2 election? They are also one of the Thai citizens having the responsibility to Thailand inroads to betterment and economically enrichment. Since both parties take military support is important to them, the military is as well know how to differential which direction to take with clear mentality. If all the Thai community standby PDRC knowing nothing of constitutional maintenance, Thailand shall be ruined. This time is sure that military stands with the government decision. They have seen the point how to help rebuild the national betterment and progression.
Discussion 9 : 15/12/2013 at 09:51 PM
Just finished watching Suthep on stage where he said if Yingluck didn't step down & hand over power 'the people' would not allow her son to live in Thailand. He would have to go to Dubai and never have the chance to speak Thai in his life. This got cheers & whistles from the ever diminishing crowd.
Discussion 10 : 15/12/2013 at 09:50 PM
Just read yesterdays news and you will realize that Suthep is correct and accurate.
Discussion 11 : 15/12/2013 at 09:44 PM
General Nipat will certainly receive a thumbs up from Dubai….LOL
Discussion 12 : 15/12/2013 at 09:43 PM
Now now, whom are we supposed to believe?

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