Intelligence report shows unrest plot to topple gov't: Thai PM

19:36, December 31, 2009      

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was quoted by local media Thursday as saying an intelligence report showed that some plots are underway to create violence so as to topple his government.

According to Bangkok Post online, Abhisit Vejjajiva vowed to try to prevent any unrest from taking place despite the warning signs.

He also said his government will try its best not to create any conditions to justify a military coup, responding to a prediction by a fortune teller that the domestic political disputes will be more critical next year and will lead to another round of military coup.

The premier said a military coup will hurt the country's economy and is not the solution to the on-going political conflict.

The latest military coup the country saw occured in September, 2006, when the government led by then Prime Minister Thaksin shinawatra was toppled. Thaksin was sentenced in absentia in 2008 to a two year jail term on charge of conflict of interests.

Thailand underwent continuous political conflicts in 2009 as the so-called red-shirts, supporters of the self-exiled Thaksin, held rallies from time to time to push the Democrat-led government to dissolve the parliament, to amend Constitution, and to hold a snap election.

There was also word that lawmakers from opposition Puea Thai Party are planning to collectively quit their parliamental position so as to force the prime minister to hold a new election.

Source: Xinhua
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