Thai army chief rejects opposition coup claim

16:33, November 08, 2010      

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Thai army chief Gen Prayuth Chan- ocha on Monday rejected an opposition lawmaker's claim that the military will stage a coup, saying he never thinks of it.

The opposition Puea Thai party-list lawmaker and core leader of anti-government "red-shirts" movement Jatuporn Prompan alleged early that the military will conspire with pro-establishment " yellow-shirts" group to orchestrate a coup d'tat.

Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, who went to Deep South to visit flood-hit people in Narathiwat and Pattani provinces, dismissed the coup rumor but added that the 2006 coup was aimed at solving internal conflicts in the country.

Regarding the warning from Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation on assassination of important government figures, the army chief said the concerned officials have already prepared and tightened up security measures.

On Sept. 19, 2006, the Royal Thai Army staged a bloodless coup against the elected caretaker government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra citing unprecedented rift in society, massive corruption, nepotism, interference in independent agencies and human rights abuses.

The coup d'tat, which was Thailand's first non-constitutional change of government in fifteen years, followed a year-long political struggle between Thaksin's supporters and opponents.

Source: Xinhua


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