Thai army chief turns down coup rumors if opposition Pheu Thai wins

09:03, July 01, 2011      

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Thai army chief Gen Prayuth Chan- ocha on Thursday turned down the rumors that the military may stage coup if the opposition Pheu Thai wins the general election.

"Rumors are only rumors. There is no such a thing," the army chief replied to questions raised by reporters on his return from a visit to South Korea.

He said the army would continue doing its own duty regardless of who becomes the government.

As for the opposition party trying to meet with the Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and himself for building relationship, he said it is not necessary because any government could direct the army. Army is only an institute with its responsibility as stated in laws, he added.

Gen Prayuth also repeated his call that all sides refrain from trying to drag the military into politics. Whoever is government, the army is duty-bound to protect national sovereignty, he said.

Asked about concerns that the "Red Shirt" protesters might take to the streets if Pheu Thai could not form a new government and this might trigger military coup, Gen Prayuth replied "It is the matter of the future. It depends on how media will convince people that the army will not meddle with politics and administration."

The most recent coup in Thailand took place in September 2006 when the military ousted the then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for massive corruption and undermining democratic institutes in the country. Pheu Thai Party is the second reincarnation of Thaksin-found Thai Rak Thai and Red Shirt movement is the strong allies of Thaksin. Coup rumors have been spread as opinion surveys showed that Pheu Thai would win the July 3 election and will be able to form a new government.

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