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Prayut vows not to resign

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted he will neither resign nor dissolve the House as the country struggles to contain COVID-19.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 31 July 2021, 09:41AM

Prayut: ‘I try to do my best’

Prayut: ‘I try to do my best’

He also warned politicians not to exploit the crisis and incite hatred as that will only worsen the situation, reports the Bangkok Post.

Meanwhile, Thailand logged 17,345 new COVID-19 cases, and 19 new fatalities on Friday (July 30).

Gen Prayut made the remarks in a video clip released online soon after his order to ban the distribution of “fake news” or information causing public fear across all media platforms was published in the Royal Gazette on Thursday evening.

During a 36-minute interview with Nathreeya Thaweewong, director of the Office of the Government Spokesperson, Gen Prayut answered a series of questions that had been put forward by media representatives earlier.

Most concerned COVID-19 containment, vaccines, lockdown measures, relief packages for the worst affected and whether the government coalition would remain stable.

Responding to a question over whether he had lost heart and would consider dissolving the House and stepping down, Gen Prayut said: “It is not the time. I am working hard every day… I try to do my best by listening to the people and getting updates from doctors and public health officials.”

“I am begging you, politicians. You represent the people, and you are supposed to show sound judgement. Politics should not be used to create hatred because the country is in trouble now. Don’t take this opportunity to cause any further trouble,” he said.

Asked if he had anything to say to the public, Gen Prayut said he felt sorry for those who had lost loved ones and that he wanted to extend his moral support to all those involved in fighting the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the lockdown and curfew measures in the 13 dark-red zone provinces are expected to remain in place indefinitely as the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to soar, according to a source at the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Announcement No.28 issued under the emergency decree on July 18 does not specify when the lockdown measures will be lifted, only that measures would remain in place for a minimum of 14 days and a decision made after that depending on the daily caseload.

Since the pandemic currently shows no sign of abating in Thailand, the lockdown measures will not be reconsidered by the CCSA until the situation eases, the source said.

The CCSA is, however, expected to approve a proposal to allow eateries and restaurants in department stores and shopping malls to sell food via online delivery platforms.

The Public Health Ministry has yet to present the proposal for consideration, though, the source added.

Under the restrictions imposed in 13 red-zone provinces, only supermarkets, pharmacies and vaccination centres in shopping malls have been allowed to remain open, while all other businesses have had to shut.

In other news, Nattawut Saikuar, a former key member of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship posted on Facebook, saying he will join the “car mob” rally on Sunday in Bangkok.

Led by activist Sombat Boonngam-anong, the rally is aimed at seeking the ouster of Gen Prayut.

Mr Sombat posted on his Facebook on Friday that the rally will take place on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road from 1pm until 4pm. Participants in their vehicles will honk horns and flash their headlights along the road to show their support for the movement to see Gen Prayut step down.

The Public Health Ministry reported that there were 117 COVID-19 fatalities and 17,345 new cases over the past 24 hours.

There were 16,664 cases in the general population and 681 among prison inmates.

Bangkok logged 3,231 new cases while there were 1,386 recorded in Samut Prakan, 1,186 in Samut Sakhon, 914 in Chon Buri, 587 in Nonthaburi, 479 in Chachoengsao, 378 in Nakhon Pathom, 350 in Ubon Ratchathani, 330 in Pathum Thani and 324 in Songkhla.

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Capt B | 02 August 2021 - 11:11:57

God Bless General Prayut. Without his loving guidance & care for the Thai People & Royal Family, Thailand would be immersed into never ending anarchy and the day of the expat in Thailand would come to an end due to bent out of shape, all too familiar Thai Nationalism. Its either that, or go back to Thugson & Dingluk's vote buying schemes.

JohnC | 02 August 2021 - 09:21:45

He took office in an illegal coup so why shouldn't history repeat itself. Look to Myanmar for an example of what generals do to their people they are sworn to protect.

Kurt | 01 August 2021 - 01:22:01

After 7 years of 'barrack-ruling' Gen Prayut still not understand that in a normal democratic country politicians 'work' politics. That Prayut sees that as trouble making says a lot about his barrack mind setting. That he, as prime minister of all Thai, still lives in a heavenly sealed off army camp says it all too.

Kurt | 01 August 2021 - 01:07:12

The army will remain in power, just with throughout the time different 'green' at the troughs. Prawit already shuffled aside quietly in a way that he not loose face. But his new position means nothing in a non democratic rubber stamped ruled country.

Dave_C | 31 July 2021 - 22:01:58

Prayut = Disaster

Sandbar | 31 July 2021 - 19:11:44

One general may fall, another general takes his place...hardley what Thailands citizens need to regain thier freedom of democracy and stability for the future!

Xi_Virus | 31 July 2021 - 16:52:58

Watch out .. he is ready to SPRAY (bite)

Fascinated | 31 July 2021 - 11:28:05

Announcement No 28- very 1984. the days of the sheepul are past- I hear more and more Thais I know starting to speak out against this Gov't. Is the balloon about to burst?


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