Prayuth: No coup, I stand by the rules

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha says no one can order him to stage a coup, and he will not listen to anyone outside the army or any orders that breach army rules and regulations.

Gen Prayuth said this in responding to a report that many senior figures had pressured the army to stage a coup to bring the country out of the political deadlock.

"I am a grown up person. Nobody can force me to do anything. I work according to the rules and regulations and will not do anything beyond the limits," he said.

Asked whether he had received letters from senior figures and former military leaders, Gen Prayuth said many people sent letters to the army and he left it to the army's secretariat to reply to them.

"Thanks for every opinion and for concerns for the army. The army belongs to all people," he said.

On a report that some former militarymen including Gen Saiyud Kerdpol, a former supreme commander, and Gen Wimol Wongwanich, a former army chief, had set up a group to find ways out for the country and that members of the group had spoken on a video clip suggesting a military coup, Gen Prayuth said they all are retirees who sometimes meet for an exchange of opinions out of concern for the country's wellbeing.

"They have not interfered in our work or told us to do anything, other than giving us moral support," Gen Prayuth said.

Asked to comment on the Feb 2 election, Gen Prayuth said it was somewhat satisfactory and the situation did not turn worse as expected.

"There were no losses.  Nobody died.  But I would rather not say whether I approve of the election," he said.

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Discussion 1 : 05/02/2014 at 08:22 PM
The rice scam this is getting a little worn out and boring, please invent something new.
Discussion 2 : 04/02/2014 at 09:42 PM
Looks like Prayuth will make it safely to retirement with no loss of pension!
Discussion 3 : 04/02/2014 at 06:38 PM
the rice scam will be the downfall of the shinawatra dictatorship.
Discussion 4 : 04/02/2014 at 05:48 PM
There will be a judicial coup first.
Discussion 5 : 04/02/2014 at 05:46 PM
Gen. Prayuth is a true leader who should lead Thailand in the future, one day.
Discussion 6 : 04/02/2014 at 05:29 PM
It is a shame there is such an early retirement age. It is also sad that a Shinawatra might be in charge of picking your replacement.
Discussion 7 : 04/02/2014 at 05:05 PM
Another misleading headline.The Army Chief stated, according to the article, that no can order him to stage a coup, not that there would not be one. If this situation drags on much longer the military may be forced to act to protect the Kingdom and the people of the Kingdom. With no possibility of forming a government or electing a PM the country is at a standstill and leaderless. If the economy begins to fail some actions must be taken to insure the survival of the country at which point someone outside the political establishment may have to take control. So let's just wait and see.
Discussion 8 : 04/02/2014 at 04:50 PM
Therein Thailand's problem. The army is a rule unto itself.
Discussion 9 : 04/02/2014 at 04:32 PM
I think he's wise enough not to taint and ruin his military career just months before retirement. I think Thais can count on his words.
Discussion 10 : 04/02/2014 at 04:19 PM
I salute you on your affirmative no coup statement. You are indeed a rare breed of soldier who know your role you should play for a better Thailand. We hope the judiciary will also join in a no coup statement.

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