Teams of army speakers to tour nationwide

Army chief Chalermchai Sittisat, left, attends an army talk show at army headquarters in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo by Wassana Nanuam)

Army speakers are being sent to provinces nationwide to give seminars promoting love of the nation, royalty and the military - but the army chief will not say if the junta plans to set up a political party.

Twelve touring teams of speakers would be involved, Gen Chalermchai Sittisat said at army headquarters on Thursday.

They would be drawn from the Special Warfare Command and the Army Air Defence Command. The two-hour seminars would include light and sound shows and other performances, the army chief said.

They were intended to promote national unity and would organise seminars presenting Thai history and promoting love for the nation, royalty and the military. Entry would be free of charge. Details could be obtained from the army's Directorate of Civil Affairs, Gen Chalermchai said.

Asked if the National Council for Peace and Order would later form a political party, the NCPO secretary-general said that was a matter for the future.

The army chief thought the general election would be held late next year.

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