Yingluck tells military: Stay neutral

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called on the armed forces to stay neutral throughout the current political conflict, Defence Ministry spokesman Thanatip Sawangsaeng said on Friday.

Col Thanatip said the caretaker premier on Friday morning chaired a Defence Council meeting to discuss the overall political situation and the general election scheduled for Feb 2 next year, attended by armed forces commanders. 

"Ms Yingluck asked armed forces commanders to remind troops to stay neutral and treat all political parties equally," he said. "She also asked the armed forces to help the Election Commission (EC) in holding the polls, if necessary."Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the opposition Democrat Party, has instructed core members of his party to meet party representatives from Pheu Thai, Chat Thai Pattana, Bhumjaithai and Palang Chon on Friday afternoon. 

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said the Democrats support the EC's move to hold the general election but would like other parties to make sacrifices for the national interest by postponing the election date.

"The Democrat Party would like other parties serve the interests of their country, rather than their own interests, by postponing the election first," Mr Chavanond said.

"The Democrats are ready to talk to any political parties to find solutions to the country and we don't have any hidden political agenda."

Parties must give people more time to discuss national reform to ensure that the next election will offer a lasting solution to conflict in the country, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 20/12/2013 at 06:58 PM
Brassman Posted: 34 | 20 Dec 2013 at 15.37 You shouldn't have driven out Yingluk, if you weren't ready for elections 60 days later. How can you run a government if you can't even organize your own election... Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/385892/yingluck-tells-military-to-treat-all-political-parties-equally. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved. well brassman..don't remove Yingluck and have Taksin squander more of everything .. right?
Discussion 2 : 20/12/2013 at 06:56 PM
Dear Yingluck, The Military have been remarkably well behaved and stayed largely out of the fray relative to everyone else. Appointing yourself defense minister doesn't automatically earn their respect. If we let go of this 'elected govt at all costs' idea we can see solutions to the bigger problem. Aside from the oodles of money certainly people wish to get their hands on, or favours to their clique, is it really that bad to have a govt of national unity comprising both sides representatives so that we can trust their agenda in seeking out a prompt and holistic much needed reform, something they all finally agree on.
Discussion 3 : 20/12/2013 at 06:07 PM
I'd like you so much to be right, but, alas, well informed citizens voting freely for the person of their choice, in Thailand, today? You didn't get it, do you? It is im-pos-si-ble, the lectoral system does not even allow to!
Discussion 4 : 20/12/2013 at 05:42 PM
"more time to discuss national reform..other parties to make sacrifices for the national interest by postponing the election date...". Can someone explain to me what is meant by 'National Reform' which would differ from that meant to only enhance Elitist electoral interests... how much time of postponement would be required that would not in effect be a coup..... is national interest being confused with coup-monger's/DP interest?....why is this need for National Reform important now, and not during AV's/DP unelected tenure...Why protesters keep moving goal posts, from amnesty to anti-Thaksinism to anti-election to postponement?.What next?
Discussion 5 : 20/12/2013 at 05:35 PM
If I recall correctly, PT has already made a huge sacrifice when the PM made the decision to dissolve the House. Now how about everyone get busy campaigning, with reform being the primary platform for all parties to run on. And by the way, if someone would put a leash on Suthep, we could get on with the election without any problems.
Discussion 6 : 20/12/2013 at 04:54 PM
I hope Yingluck can also tell the police to stay neutral, won't that be nice?
Discussion 7 : 20/12/2013 at 04:33 PM
"We don't have any hidden political agenda." Isn't it fairly obvious that the democrats don't want to be the only party sidelining themselves from the elections? Wouldn't it make the democrats actions in trying to delay the elections seem more acceptable if they could convince other parties to join them? It seems they DO have an agenda.
Discussion 8 : 20/12/2013 at 03:37 PM
You shouldn't have driven out Yingluk, if you weren't ready for elections 60 days later. How can you run a government if you can't even organize your own election campaign?!
Discussion 9 : 20/12/2013 at 03:26 PM
True is that 45 days or 145 days nothing change. The people will vote for who they want. So let them and respect 1 person = 1 vote.

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