Supreme commander backs election

The military supports the calling of a general election and is ready to deploy troops to help oversee it if asked, Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimaprakorn said on Wednesday.

"The military is one of the mechanisms of the government and supports the country operating within the constitutional framework," Gen Thanasak said.

The armed forces comprise around 420,000 personnel, 60% of whom carry weapons, he said. Soldiers would essentially become guerrillas if they did not have a strong code of conduct and adhere to the constitutional framework of the country.

The supreme commander denied reports that he had criticised permanent secretary for defence Gen Nipat Thonglek for saying that the armed forces backed the election to be held on Feb 2.

"I've never criticised Gen Nipat as some reports claimed, and we'll meet at the Defence Council meeting this Friday," Gen Thanasak said. 

He called on the media to report responsibly without creating conflict in the country.

When reporters pressed him to elaborate on the military's views on the general election, he said: "An election would be good but I have no authority over it." He did not mention a date for the election.

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Discussion 1 : 18/12/2013 at 03:00 PM
Good to hear professional comment from a career soldier. Totally agreed with his view on the media. Anyway in situation like this don't trust anybody even yourself.
Discussion 2 : 18/12/2013 at 01:01 PM
THESE ARE THE WISEST WORD I HAVE READ IN THIS CONFLICT: Reported in the Bangkok Post in this article, said by the Supreme Commander. He called on the media to report responsibly without creating conflict in the country. IF ONLY THEY WOULD TAKE NOTICE Thailand would be in a much better position. .
Discussion 3 : 18/12/2013 at 12:53 PM
Gen Thanasak is an outstanding and as well remarkable military personnel. He talked reporters clearly of his view of being a civilized personality as national defense supreme commander. It is indescribable how important is it to back the national mass election. He has wonderfully and explicitly made his declaration of supporting the real constitution up keeping. Kowtow to him.
Discussion 4 : 18/12/2013 at 12:35 PM
That's 420,000 votes Suthep seeks to block. Whatever party you support, democracy and rule of law is the only way forward. Suthep has a court appointment he's late for.
Discussion 5 : 18/12/2013 at 12:31 PM
He has said the right thing and that is very good news!

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