Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New army chief: Coup? What coup?

A lot of people would like to personally ask the new army chief, Gen Prayuth Em-ocha, whether he would ever consider staging a coup.

He sort of offered an answer the other day when reporters asked him about the allegation from red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan that the yellow shirts had staged a rally over the Thai-Khmer MoU on border demarcation to stir up enough trouble to let the army stage another coup:

"Let me pose a question. Who wants to stage a coup right now? Thailand has a democratic system under the Monarchy. This is the best system in the world. We are different from other countries. They only have a democratic system. Why do we want to go in search of another system then? That won't solve our problems...." he said.

What about the last coup then? Gen Prayuth responded:

"I don't really want to go back in time. But they had to do it then to prevent a problem that was emerging. After that, they went back to the normal mechanism. So, why do we want to go back? The situation today is different from that of the old time. We must somehow try to solve the current problems..."

Reading between the lines, it's still hard to say whether the new army boss has ruled out the possibility of a coup, isn't it?

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