No political interference in army reshuffle: Thai senior military officer

16:22, July 20, 2010      

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Thailand's permanent secretary for defense General Apichart Penkitti affirmed on Tuesday there is no political interference in the annual military reshuffle, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

Asked who would likely replace army commander-in-chief General Anupong Paojinda, who will retire at end-September 2010, General Apichart replied that there are two potential candidates -- deputy army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha and army chief of staff General Pirun Paewponsong.

"They both are suitable to lead the army. There is no influence from the political branch in the selection of the new army boss," General Apichart said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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