Thanasak: I will not stage a coup

Supreme commander Thanasak Patimaprakorn on Saturday denied a report that he is planning to stage a military coup to become the next prime minister, Than Setthakij website reported.

Gen Thanasak said the "groundless" report was just a rumour circulated by people who wanted to incite unrest and insisted that he has no plans to work after he retires.

The supreme commander made reassurances that the armed forces still have good relationship with the police and are able discuss all matters openly.

Commanders of the armed forces overseas, who are following the political situation in Thailand, understand the country’s political disputes and believe the problems should be settled by Thai people, he said.

Asked about the possibility of implementing an emergency decree if anti-government protests turn violent, Gen Thanasak said such a measure would be ineffective unless all people respect the law.

The situation is not critical so the special law is not necessary for the time being, he said, adding that all parties must take part in talks to jointly find an acceptable solution to the political deadlock.

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Discussion 1 : 18/01/2014 at 04:55 PM
Coup is not a good solution because people will come out again. Reform the nation will take forever and still can not stop the corruption of Thai people. Election is the best solution but no matter who is the winner and running the country there will be protest again and again in the future. This is Thailand and it is consider normal because it is the way we run our country from the beginning until now so we already used to run this way and will be forever.
Discussion 2 : 18/01/2014 at 04:48 PM
Great Vision !
Discussion 3 : 18/01/2014 at 04:18 PM
Have the tanks and armored vehicles returned to their bases after the Childrens day celebrations in Bangkok ?
Discussion 4 : 18/01/2014 at 04:10 PM
The people's vote is much more acceptable than any other form of selecting the countries leaders.
Discussion 5 : 18/01/2014 at 03:54 PM
We need a coup against future coups...
Discussion 6 : 18/01/2014 at 03:08 PM
"Commanders of the armed forces.understand the country’s political disputes and believe the problems should be settled by Thai people, he said." Eaxctly what the military said when the PAD brought down the government. They did not repeat this when the red shirts were demonstrating for elections.
Discussion 7 : 18/01/2014 at 02:53 PM
'I will not stage the coup' means 'I will stage a coup'?

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