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PM says he’d be happy to step aside if someone better comes along

Maya Taylor

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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, says he’d have no problem stepping down if someone better could take over, adding that he’s tired of all the power now.

“If in the future, there is a person who is better, more capable and more honest than me, similarly honest, (he or she) would continue the work and be in charge of the country. But being in power is not a fun matter. I exercised a lot of power when I was the army chief for 4 years. I am fed up with using power. I used the power to take care of good people and punish people who do bad things. Only 2 (kinds of exercising power) are difficult enough already.”

He adds that accusations that he has abused his power leave him mystified.

“Many people accused me of using the power illegally, I don’t know where I have broken the laws. I comply with all the laws.”

Prayut says he never expected to be PM, not least for 6 years, adding that the 20 year national strategy is not a sign he intends to hold on to power for 20 years. However, anyone waiting in the wings and hoping to take over sometime soon, probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

In terms of succession there has been no clear politicians waiting in the wings ready to step up into the main job. Under the current 2017 Charter, the PM would be appointed through a joint sitting of the Thai Parliament – the entire upper house, the Senate, is a rump of old army and conservative career politicians, hand-picked by the former NCPO military junta.

“I might die today or tomorrow, nobody knows.”

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration are planning another protest this Sunday. Activists are expected to gather at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument at 4.00pm, before marching to an as-yet-unnamed location. Anti-government protesters are doubling down on their 3 demands: the PM’s resignation, a re-drafting of the constitution, and reform of the Monarchy.

It’s understood royalist groups do not intend to hold a counter-rally on Sunday but will gather at Ramkhamhaeng University the next day to voice their support for the Monarchy. One royalist group has filed a police complaint against activists involved in an anti-government protest on Monday, accusing participants of “inappropriate behaviour” towards the Royal institution, although further details are not known.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 10:59 am

    ME, ME, I’m better.
    No, I was thinking of the MacDonald’s clown Ronald – he would be better.
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    lol

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      Milan

      Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Just made that comment for fun he’s never gonna leave

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:03 am

    ME, ME, I’m better.
    No, I just remembered that I’m not Thai. Is that a requirement?
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    LOL

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:14 am

      If you have the money, no.

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    Fabian

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve seen hundreds of thousands of kids in the street lately who are smarter than him.

    I guess in Thailand army leaders don’t go through an extensive psychological evaluation. Sounds like Prayut might have DTS (Donald Trump Syndrom). Living in an alternate reality.

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    Khun plastic

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Put ubolratana or yingluk in charge.they are both so cute.

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    Jack

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Toby, you beat me to it. I could do a better job. First thing is first, we return to the gold standard and drugs a prostitution are legalized, the borders are open, if you’re old or sick, be careful.

    If you want to extend your visa, sure why not, just pay a small processing fee… i mean, I would likely also just do away with borders but soon I wouldn’t have any reason to be ‘in power’ as I would leave nearly all decisions up the businesses and consumers.

    And I would unban pornhub.

    Its not that hard…

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    preesy chepuce

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    They could have a lottery to select the next PM, as long as they limit everyone to buying only one ticket… make it like a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory deal, a final few selected by lottery, then a sing-off!

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    Political Observer

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    “He adds that accusations that he has abused his power leave him mystified.” Wikipedia reports that he is worth US $65 million and probably he is worth much more. How did he amass that much on a generals salary ?

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      maxcorrigan

      Monday, November 9, 2020 at 9:34 am

      From what i read on another site to put it in Thai terms, when he came to power he was worth 2 billion bht now has 5 bht in his bank account also apparently from Wikipedia, quite believable, not bad for a General eh?

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    Suua

    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 8:39 am

    “If someone better comes along”……I nearly fell of my chair.
    That’s not much of a challenge.
    Most Thais I know are leaps and bounds ahead of this retard.
    “More honest than me”…..is he really serious?
    Almost makes me want to wretch with his absurd child like mentality.
    “I could die today/tomorrow”…..fingers crossed.
    Not many deserve it as much as you for all the heinous crimes you have committed against this country.
    Please do the human race a favor and remove your flawed DNA from circulation.

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    Sgt Schultz

    Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 3:54 am

    Reminds me of the old adage: “Shave my dogs ass and teach it to walk backwards”, would be an improvement, not to say better looking and far and away smarter!

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    Nipral

    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Someone better ? Anyone will do !!!

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