Gen Prawit dismisses coup rumor

Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has brushed aside the alleged attempt of some military top brasses to stage another coup d’état upon the ongoing political uncertainty.

General Prawit declined knowledge of such an issue, adding that it was a groundless allegation against the military. He then asked reporters to seek clarification from Mr Jatuporn Prompan, the deputy chair of the anti-government United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) himself.

Mr Jatuporn, also a Pheu Thai MP, on Wednesday gave a press briefing at Parliament, disclosing that a group of high-ranking military figures met in a safe house to discuss preparation and possibility to orchestrate a coup d’état in the country once again under four conditions.

According to the MP, the four conditions are division of people in the country, loss of territory to Cambodia because of failed diplomacy of the Democrat-led government, prevailing unrest in the restive south plus the notorious military cordoning operation against the UDD protest last summer.

Mr Jatuporn revealed that the military figures also discussed about setting up a national government after the coup and assigning an ex-top military leader to deal with the press. He said about 30 companies of soldiers, now under peacekeeping pretext, were ordered to stand by for this mission.

Regarding the situation at the Thai-Cambodian border, the Minister said the relations between military of both sides remained healthy as officers at all levels were coordinating closely.


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