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Army pledges ‘no coup’

The military generals on Tuesday rejected widespread rumours of an imminent coup, strongly reaffirming that there will be "no coup".

Thursday 7 April 2011, 10:21PM


The military generals on Tuesday rejected widespread rumours of an imminent coup, strongly reaffirming that there will be "no coup".

Supreme Commander, Gen Songkitti Jaggabatara, made the declaration in the presence of the commanders of all armed forces at a press conference after a meeting of top generals.

He said there would "definitely not be a coup". The armed forces operated under the constitution and support democratic rule, he said.

Any military commander who leads his soldiers in a coup would be regarded as a rebel, he said.

The general said soldiers and police will not get involved in political activities, so the people should not believe in the coup rumours.

The military will not apply pressure on any party during election campaigning. Every political party can campaign for votes at all military units.

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Meanwhile the Puea Thai Party will name its candidate for the prime minister’s post and announce its policy platform on April 24.

Spokesman Prompong Nopparit said on Tuesday the party was confident of sweeping 270 House seats in the next general election.

Speaking after a party meeting, Mr Prompong said the party agreed to pick Witthaya Buranasiri to be chairman of party MPs, replacing Chalerm Yubamrung who resigned as an MP.

He said there would be no change of the Puea Thai leader both for the time being and after the election. Yongyuth Wichaidit, a non-MP, is currently the party leader.

 

 

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