Thailand

Army commander enters election debate


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Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army, General Prayuth Chan-ocha appeared on Channels 7 & 5 last night in a move that appeared to be trying to influence the vote in the 3rd July general election.

In part of his statement he said “If you allow a repeat of the same election pattern, then we will always get the same result”. He went on to say “I want you to use sound and reasonable judgement to make our country and our monarchy safe and have good people running our nation.”

It is difficult to interpret these remarks as anything other than a veiled attempt to encourage people to vote for the Democrat Party.

No1 candidate of the Pheu Thai Party (PTP), Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, and the main opposition party which is leading in the polls, appeared unfazed by the remarks.

Meanwhile Ms Shinawatra has said that she is not sure if she will participate in two election debates organised by the People’s Network (Pnet) scheduled for 23rd and 24th June. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrat Party, has said that he will attend both.

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