PM: No coup, for sure

The military will not stage a coup, despite rumours to the contrary, because all armed forces commanders had learned lessons from the past, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra said on Tuesday.

Ms Yingluck was responding to  questions about a rumour the caretaker government would allow the military to stage a coup to end the political conflict and that there would be an election one year after that.

The prime minister said she, as the defence minister, believed the commanders of all armed forces would consider the long-term consequences and heed His Majesty the King's advice.

Tthe best way out was for all sides to meet for talks, she said.

On the Jan 13 shutdown of Bangkok by the People's Democratic Reform Committee, Ms Yingluck said the government and security agencies would strictly adhere to a peacekeeping role, to prevent clashes between the authorities and the protesters.

No weapons would be allowed into protest areas, she said.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, when asked to comment on the coup rumour, said people should not be afraid of what was still invisible.  He once again  refused to confirm or deny the possibility of another coup.

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Discussion 1 : 07/01/2014 at 07:25 PM
"because all armed forces commanders had learned lessons from the past…”. Shame the Shinawtras don’t that same ability.
Discussion 2 : 07/01/2014 at 06:41 PM
Unless the Army wants to be getting knee pads instead of helicopters, reform is a must do !
Discussion 3 : 07/01/2014 at 05:51 PM
Her left hand does not know what he right hand is doing. She would not know how to tell the truth is her life depended on it. If she says no coup then we she all log onto willhill and bet on coup
Discussion 4 : 07/01/2014 at 05:10 PM
Thats it, definitely a coup, once Yingluck denies something, it will happen for sure.
Discussion 5 : 07/01/2014 at 05:10 PM
What a fool, if she believes that. 6 months before the last coup in 2006, the military said the SAME thing.
Discussion 6 : 07/01/2014 at 04:35 PM
"He once again refused to confirm or deny the possibility of another coup." So he and Yingluck both live in a parallel universum, "because "refused to deny the possibility of a coup", being part of the phrase is something entirely different than "no coup, for sure".
Discussion 7 : 07/01/2014 at 03:57 PM
I have more and more the feeling that current events will prove to be the making of this Prime Minister.

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