Army insists Section 44 is 'vital for security'

Anti-govt elements still stirring mischief

Army commander Chalermchai Sittisat, who previously pledge 'No more coups' is seen saluting troops during his takeover ceremony last Sept 30. (Reuters photo)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha needs to retain his wide-reaching Section 44 powers for the sake of security and for maintaining peace for the late King's royal cremation as well as the coronation of His Majesty the King, army chief Chalermchai Sittisat says.

Gen Chalermchai, also secretary-general of the National Council for Peace and Order, said Wednesday the section -- reserved exclusively for invocation by the prime minister -- remains an essential instrument for maintaining security.

Section 44 was first introduced under the previous interim charter.

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